How To: Attach Glass Table Top To Metal Table Legs

Is your next DIY project creating a beautiful glass top table? Or maybe you simply need to replace the glass on a table in your home. Whatever the case may be, attaching glass to metal can be challenging.


A glass tabletop can be attached to a metal base by screws. How so? We are going to use plywood underneath the glass and then drill the legs into the plywood to secure the table. 


Now that you know the products that you can use to attach glass to metal, you are likely wondering how to use those products. Keep reading to find out how to do this yourself.

Attach Glass Table Top To Plywood

There are several ways to attach a glass tabletop to wood. We will make sure and go over each one, but make sure you are using a method that will be appropriate for your purposes. Listed below are some of the important things to know about different ways to attach glass and plywood first.

 

Clear Silicone

Another option that you can use to attach glass to a table is clear silicone. Silicone is usually a colorless oil or a rubber-like substance. For attaching glass to plywood, clear silicone is the best option because it can’t be seen through the glass after it dries.

Silicone is used in adhesives and sealants, making it great for attaching wood and glass, as well as medicines, utensils, lubricants, and electrical insulation.

Silicone is known as a PSA, which stands for Pressure Sensitive Adhesive. This means that once the adhesive is applied, it needs pressure to stick. This is helpful if you are placing your glass tabletop directly on top of the plywood. If there is not a lot of pressure on the silicone, it may dry, but will not stick as well as you might like. 

Silicone needs drying time, typically about 24 hours. When attaching your glass tabletop to the plywood using silicone, remember that silicone can’t be painted and is very difficult to remove from wood! If you are painting the plywood before attaching glass, do all your painting before applying the silicone.

One benefit of using silicone adhesive is that it lasts about 20 years, so the glass won’t come apart from the plywood as time passes. 

Epoxy Adhesive

Epoxy is created by mixing two starting compounds. One is a resin and the other a hardener. Epoxy is known for its durability and strength. It is great for sealing glass and plywood, and helps people create beautiful furniture and tables.

Epoxy adhesives are available in room-temperature and heat cure options. It has great chemical and environmental resistance. If your table has spaces that need to be filled, epoxy is a great option to fill those spaces as it becomes hard and clear when it dries.

Epoxy Adhesive is strong but requires more preparation than the other methods of attaching glass and plywood. Follow the instructions on your epoxy carefully to avoid any mishaps. 

How to: Step by step

Here are some step-by-step instructions on attaching a glass tabletop to a metal base. These are done assuming that you have your metal base and your glass top!

Supplies Needed: Supplies that may be needed include a rag, cleaner, metal base, glass top, attachment medium, sandpaper, heavy objects to place on the glass top, a syringe, and a disposable plate or container.

Covering A Glass Top With Plywood

  1. The first thing you are going to want to do is clean off the plywood and glass.

    Dust, dirt, hair, paint, sawdust, food, and anything else left on plywood or glass can interfere with the attachment process. If there is debris on your wood or glass, it will prevent your adhesives from forming a strong bond. Use appropriate wood and glass cleaner and a clean rag to prepare your materials. Your table is going to look great!Next, make sure that your glass is the right size

  2. Next, make sure that your glass is the right size.Because you are placing a glass top over plywood, the glass needs to fit the table. Overhanging glass can be annoying, painful, and not look as nice! If you do not have the right size, you may need to find a new piece of glass or cut it down. If it is too small, it may stand up above the rest of the plywood and get caught or become displaced. Choosing a properly sized glass top is more than a matter of style, it is a matter of safety.


  3. For a square table, place an Anti-Slip pad in each corner of the table, the same distance apart. For a round table, place Anti-Slip pads around the table, evenly spaced, and one pad in the middle.



  4. Place the glass directly on top of the plywood. You may need assistance on this step! Glass tops can be very heavy. Depending on the size of your table, the glass may need to be handled by multiple people. An extra eye also doesn’t hurt to make sure your glass is on evenly.

Placing a Glass Tabletop On Plywood

For this, we are going to use Epoxy Adhesive.

  1. Just like above, clean both your glass piece and the plywood. This will prep your glass to attach well!
  2. Use sandpaper to roughen the part of the wood you are bonding. Rouging the wood will help the epoxy adhesive bond better.





  3. Prepare your application syringe. Because Epoxy Adhesive has two parts to it, you are going to need to mix them and then apply them to your surface. Preparing the syringe beforehand hand makes the process smoother and quicker.
  4. Find a disposable bowl, plate, or container to mix the epoxy.
  5. Mix epoxy quickly. 






     


    Following the instructions on the epoxy package, mix the two parts of your          adhesive epoxy. Be sure to wear gloves and do not breathe concentrated            fumes. You might consider wearing a mask and safety goggles while                    applying   the epoxy.

      6. Using the application syringe, apply a small amount of the epoxy adhesive to the wood, spreading evenly.

     7. Place the glass tabletop on top of the wood and press down. Remove any excess adhesive from the edges. This is going to start binding the wood to the glass top.

     8. Let it dry.




    It should dry quickly; however, you should wait 24 hours for the adhesive to bond.

How To Assemble Glass Tabletop With Plywood To Metal Table Legs

You need to  use screws depending on the thickness of your tabletop and check these YouTube links below for your reference which might be helpful to install the metal table legs:

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJUpzZLklnI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqQUlLJOTMg

 

We would recommend that you use "thread nut and bolt", it would be a safer way to hold the table.




Conclusion

Whichever the case may be, the style of your table is going to determine the best way to attach your glass tabletop.

Glass inserts require different care than placements, and you will need to be aware of the glass thickness for the table. Measuring your table width and length, as well as leg sizes, can help you best determine the thickness of glass for your table.




 

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