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I drink some STRONG coffee. So, I need one tough coffee table to handle it!

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!

If you really like this project, please vote for it in the INDESTRUCTABLES Contest.

To start with, lets take a look at the tools and materials needed for the project.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

This project makes use of mostly salvaged materials. They can be some of the most interesting to work with, especially when you come across a unique piece of refuse.

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
MATERIALS:

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
TOOLS:

Angle Grinder with grinding, cut-off, and flapper wheels
Optional: Metal Cut-Off "Chop-box" saw
Welder
Tape Measure
Speed Square
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.
I skipped to step 7 just to check out, then I read the whole i'table. nice work!
brianfss1 year ago
very nicely done. I like the "authentic" bullet hole in the glass and am glad you didn't use one of those stickers.
nothing is bullet proof. it may be bullet resistance. u hit the window with a big enough round. an itill go thro with out a problem.

not entirely you just make a stronger object

metzbomber125 months ago

one word........... AWESOME

I did basically the same thing years ago. The main difference was, I took a hammer to the whole thing and shattered it throughout. It looked very cool...
jnunz1 year ago
for thos times when your coffee doesnt cut it and you need to let loose a few rounds. build my cannon and see if it holds up.....
bennelson (author)  jnunz1 year ago
I read your cannon Instructable - great job on that. I've been a fan of piracy, living history, and ballistics for a long time.
pimpdoubt1 year ago
I wanted to add -- since bullet proof glass is a very rare scavenging find -- this is doable without bullet proof glass. For around $100 (if you have that kind of money to spend) you can get a 3'x6' pane of lexan (.1" thickness) and sandwich that on either side of some thicker (half or 3/4) glass. Hold the edges (or the whole thing) together with some cheap-o hobby glue that dries clear. It won't stop a bullet, but I've used it before as faux-bullet-proof and it will fool most and break in a similar pattern.
ac-dc1 year ago
lol, I can just picture myself at the bank.

Me: This is a stickup
Teller: OK here's the money
Me: No darnit I want your bullet proof glass window NOW!
Teller: Just take the money and buy yourself a new coffee table.
bennelson (author)  ac-dc1 year ago
Half the fun of building a project is being able to design things I CAN'T buy. It's pretty cool having a piece of furniture that a zillion other people haven't also purchased from Wal-Mart or Ikea!
neilcp1 year ago
Brilliant job... and the table looks fantastic.....

Congrats!!!!
Thanx for sharing.... And the sticker with the bank timings really adds a certain character to it.

(I wld perhaps colour the metal part a little funkier - like orange or something.... but that's just me)
orator1 year ago
LED lighting around the edge of the glass should travel down the cracked 'rays' and look really cool.
iOskr1 year ago
Looks great!!! Nice design.
like in the movies, if people try to storm your house (or bar or saloon). flip the table and use that as a shield.
meritsetgo1 year ago
awesome project! as with all your other heavy duty projects, putting casters on then will help a great deal, otherwise what a pain to move them around! the casters don't even need to be permanent, some casters only need a suitable nut welded at the bottom of each leg, (recessed into it of course) so they can come off or you can buy casters with locking wheels to avoid rolling mishaps!
Hey Ben, its been awhile, saw the bullet proof table on the instructables email and it looked interesting. Come to find out it you and your crazy cameras again!

you also could have named it the in(de)struct(able)-table get it? Instructable?
seamster1 year ago
Nice shot on the drop! It looks pretty close to center, and the shatter looks great.
rimar20001 year ago
Beautiful table, Ben.
bennelson (author) 1 year ago
I added a few night photos with the glass back-lit. I really like the effect.
Love it! Are you going to leave it with the shatter look?
bennelson (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Yes, the shatter came out really nice. I'm very happy with it. I still plan on adding some backlighting to it as well.
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Awesome :) (i would say enter it in the Indestructibles contest)
Have fun :D