Adding Plexiglass to My Craft Table

Adding Plexiglass to My Craft Table

I decided to put a piece of plexiglass on top of  my newly made over craft table to protect the surface.  Adding plexiglass or real glass to a table top or piece of furniture is a good way to protect the top from moisture or messes like paint and markers.  I don’t always love the aesthetic but in certain situations it is better than worrying that a piece of furniture is going to get ruined.  Plexiglass comes in different thicknesses and sizes and is a less expensive than glass.  I bought a 3′ x 4′ piece at Home Depot for about $40.  It was the perfect size for my table however the corners of the plexiglass are very sharp and were sticking out a bit since the corners of my table are slightly rounded.  I was worried that someone could get scratched just walking by the table. 

My initial thought was to cut the four corners on a diagonal so I looked on YouTube for a video showing how to cut the material.  There is a tool you can buy to cut plexiglass but one of the videos I watched said you could use a utility knife with a sharp blade.  I tried that on one corner.  You score it first and then break it.  I quickly realized after scoring it several times that it was going to be too hard to do it this way.  Perhaps the piece I have is too thick.  I contemplated buying the special tool and was also wondering who I could ask to cut this for me.  Then my husband suggested using the mouse sander to round the corners.  This was perfect because rounded corners were ideal.  I was only trying to cut on the diagonal because I thought that would be easier.  My nine year old son loves to help with things like this so my husband showed him how to do it.  I was impressed with how good of job my son did.

A few other reasons why I thought the plexiglass would be a good idea is the surface can be used as a wipe board and I thought it would be fun for the kids to display their art underneath it.

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