Several years ago, I did some construction work remodeling a small bank branch office, including removing the bullet-proof glass window. I saved it, thinking that it would make an interesting material to build a table from.
So, in this Instructable, I'm going to show you how to build a BULLET-PROOF COFFEE TABLE, and even test out how tough it really is!
If you just want to see me TEST HOW BULLET-PROOF it is, skip to step 7 for the demonstration video!
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To start with, lets take a look at the tools and materials needed for the project.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
The bullet-proof glass is just a little smaller than 3'x4' by an inch and a quarter thick. The edge is unfinished, as it was always designed to be hidden by the frame of the bank window. I realized that pallet-racking is designed to hold "two-by" wood, which is 1.5" thick. By using recycled pallet racking, it already has a lip for the glass to sit down into.
This project uses the following
A Bullet-Proof Glass Window
14 feet of used Pallet Racking cross-beam
2"x2" steel square tube, cut into four 18" pieces
A small piece of scrap steel plate
Paint and Primer
This is essentially a basic metal-working project, so it will need the following
Angle Grinder with grinding, cut-off, and flapper wheels
Optional: Metal Cut-Off "Chop-box" saw
Clamps for welding
And of course, you will need your personal protective gear; safety goggles, hearing protection, and work gloves and also appropriate gloves, welding helmet, and clothing for welding. Because the bullet-proof glass is heavy, safety-toe shoes are a good idea as well.