Replacing an Outdoor Glass Table Top



Continuing on our little mini deck sprucing adventure Bryan and I recently had an idea to make use of a broken table sitting in the yard. During a wind storm last year this table had turned over smashing the glass top to bits and pieces. Being reluctant to throw it out, it sat in the yard waiting for us to make a decision on what to do with it.

Broken Glass top table

Last Saturday while we were drinking our morning coffee Bryan and I were talking about things we wanted to finish up and the table sitting abandoned in a corner of the yard popped into the conversation. Bryan suggested building a simple wood table top to fit inside where the glass top once sat. He promised it would be quick, cheap and easy made from pine boards and his Kreg Jig. So the plan was born.

A Kreg Jig is it’s a simple but sturdy device for to make pocket holes in wood at any depth. The pocket holes allow you to join parallel board together to form a table top.


Bryan bought 3, 6 inch by 6 ft pine boards. Our table diameter was 30 inches so he cut the board in half leaving 6, 36 inch pieces. He laid them all out on the work bench.

Kreg Jig

Once he had it laid out the way he wanted it. He clamped each board into the Kreg Jig secured to the workbench and using power screw driver he drilled into the Kreg Jig according to the directions that came with the tool.  Bryan then repeated this for each board, staggering the holes as he went.

joining the table

Once all of pocket holes were done he joined the pieces together with pocket hole screws.


We happened to have a round grill mat that was exactly 30 in round so Bryan used that as a guide to draw a circle onto the wood table top. If we didn’t have the grill mat we could have used a piece of string to draw the circle to the desired size. Finally Bryan used a Jig saw to cut out the circle and used a router for the edge to finish it off.

round top

We used some leftover outdoor stain we had in the shed to stain the top.

Table finished

The whole tabletop project cost about $15 for the wood, since we had everything else on hand. Score one for recycling what you have.

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  • Triplebayroad

    I think you’ll be glad you didn’t replace it with glass. You’d be amazed at the number of accidents involving glass table tops in America each year. Our family won’t have them anymore. My BIL, when he was a little guy, fell through one with his left arm leading. That would have been bad enough, but he tried to pull his arm BACK OUT which jammed all the daggers of broken glass right into his arm. We almost lost him. 720 stitches to close up his arm. On a funny note, he likes the scars now, he tells people that a bear mauled him. LOL. (btw… love your blog. just discovered it last week and can’t stop reading)

    • OurLakeLife

      Oh wow, that’s crazy. Although not as bad a your BIL’s story I also put my arm through a glass storm door when I was 5. Not a fun afternoon, I remember that much.

      Even barring the danger factor glass tables don’t last long here anyway. We have crazy winds in the winter that turn them right over smashing them to pieces.

      Thanks so much for reading so glad you’re liking it.

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