How to Build a Cedar Deck Railing With Glass

This see-through deck railing offers a clear view of your yard.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Hearing protection
  • Router
  • Safety glasses
  • Speed square
  • Wood chisel

You'll also need a 3/8-in. corner round over bit for your router.

A brad nail gun and air compressor are not necessary, but they'll make the job go a lot faster. A miter saw can be used to cut the rail parts to length instead of a circular saw.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Construction adhesive
  • 4 x 4 in. posts
  • 2 x 2 in. spindles
  • 2 x 4 in. rails
  • 1 x 3 in. plates
  • 3/8 x 6 in. carriage bolts
  • Tinted safety glass
  • 1/2 x 1/2 in. spacer boards
  • 2 in. stainless steel screws
  • 3 in. deck screws