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How to attach plexiglass to wood

Updated February 21, 2017

Plexiglass is used as a replacement for glass in many different applications. It is stronger than glass and more flexible. It can be used to replace window glass and for other household jobs. Sometimes, plexiglass will need to be attached to wood. While it may seem like a quick and easy task, attaching plexiglass to wood involves a few detailed steps that must be followed to keep the plexiglass from chipping and falling apart.

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  1. Place the plexiglass on a flat surface and draw a small dot at each corner with a black marker. Position the dot 1 inch from each side. This will be the location of the pre-drilled holes. They must be at least 1 inch from the edge to prevent the drill bit from reaching the edge.

  2. Attach a 1/4-inch drill bit to a power drill and place the bit directly over any of the four marks on the plexiglass. Press the trigger and drill straight into the plexiglass until the bit goes through. Repeat the process for all of the black marks.

  3. Set the plexiglass on top of the wood. Position it on the wood where it will be installed. Attach a Phillips head drill bit to the power drill and position a wood screw through the plexiglass. Press it up against the wood and drill it in place until the head is flush with the plexiglass.

  4. Move to the next hole in the plexiglass and install the next wood screw just like the first one was installed. Install the final two wood screws at the last remaining corners. Inspect the plexiglass and verify it is secure to the wood. Add extra screws in the middle on each side, if necessary.

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Things You'll Need

  • Black marker
  • Drill bit
  • Power drill
  • Phillips head drill bit
  • Wood screws

About the Author

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.

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