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My mother wanted a unique, traditional and modern coffee table. I found some old antique wooden windows at a flea market, and designed this coffee table around them.
 
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Step 1: Windows

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I found windows, like the one pictured, at a flea market for $3 a piece. I bought three. These are what the table was designed around.

Step 2: Wood

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I used 1x6 whitewood. It was around $3 for 8 foot boards. I laid out the windows and measured the length and width. I went ahead and got the wood cut at the store according to those measurements. Remember to compensate for the amount the miter cuts will take off. I also got two 1x2s for supports. They were 82 cents a piece.

Step 4: Assemble

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I used a table saw, wood glue and a nail gun. I mitered the frame, and the legs. Glued them together, and then used the nail gun. I painted everything white, and the windows slid into place. (This is hyperbole, as it took much remeasuring and recutting.) I chose to design it that way, so the windows can be easily removed for cleaning, repair, or anything else.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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This is the final product. I, along with my mother, am happy with it. I hope it inspires someone to try something similar. As always, comments, ratings, etc. are appreciated. Thanks for reading.
heathbar645 years ago
Great Idea!! How is the glass? it would seem to me that old timey window glass would be too fragile for a table. Also, is it secure enough in the frame? most old windows are just held in with a few tiny glaziers points and putty.
Thank you, every comment you made I was about to. The look is kinda nice,(taste is subjective).

Making the top with enough space to drop in a piece of Plexi glass sitting on the frame,would not kill the look and make it strong enough. You might want to put a few slats that cross the table underneath where the window frames meet at the 1/3 measures. You would not see them from above.

Even nicer if you found a stained glass window (big bucks) and lit it from underneath with a diffused light.

Again taste is objective.
TimBTodd (author)  heathbar645 years ago
Now that it's been nearly 6 months since I built it, I am even more confident int he design and structural integrity. It's still as strong and solid as when I first built it.
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cogni4 years ago
Looks very sharp! I think it would be hard to find antique double-paned windows in the U.S.; old windows with the glass still in probably would not have strong enough glass. But another possibility is to use EMPTY frames (I have some from some antique window screens that I pulled the screening out of--they look very much like your window frame) and sandwich the frame between sheets of table glass, with small objects mounted on the lower surface.
TimBTodd (author)  cogni4 years ago
Indeed, that sounds like a nice idea.
I built the table nearly a year ago, and it's still in good shape though.
jestrada94 years ago
This is pretty cool!  first thing I thought of was to put a board maybe 6" below the windows and then you could put flowers, knickknacks, etc in between.
Wonderful piece! I am certainly inspired to try and make one!
Ivriniel5 years ago
It's lovely.

However, CBC Marketplace recently did a story about injuries from tables made from non-tempered glass. They said that 20 000 people in the US every year are injured falling through glass tables.

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/06/26/f-johnson-glass-tables.html

Just something to consider if you're going to do this project.
You could even put some plywood under the glass, which should stop the glass from breaking. In between the glass and plywood you can put pictures.
and7barton5 years ago
Personally, I would put a sheet of glass right over the top, but removable. Then one could place objects in between that and the smaller panes, like rocks & crystals, or any collection of objects that you'd like to display.
thebriguy5 years ago
I'd use real glass not plexiglass. Plexi scratches and you need to be more careful cleaning it. Regular glass table glass or the type you put on top of a dresser would be best.
omnibot5 years ago
Very nice. Did you keep the original glass in them? I know ordinary windowglass is prone to break when weight is applied.
TimBTodd (author)  omnibot5 years ago
It is the original glass, but it is double paned and seems pretty strong. I plan to eventually buy a single piece of glass to put over the entire thing though.
I see the same problem, for optimal result, you should use some type of acrylic glass.
another easy solution would be to put a sheet of acrylic or glass over the entire top of the coffee table. this would also give a more level and easy to clean surface for the whole thing without significantly changing the aesthetics.
The instructable is very nice and did a fab job with the windows, and I really like the idea. Each window could be a different color to match decor, lots of ideas could come of this. I think I would make the sides 1/4" above the windows and lay a piece of plexiglas over the whole thing...then no difficult cleaning each pane, no worrying about breakage, etc.
Forgot to add: Good for old stain glass windows too
achollowell5 years ago
very good job I like the idea
G.O. Bluth5 years ago
Looks Great. I would just makes sure the glazing and points (Small, metal pieces that secure glass to frame) are in good shape, as the window is mounted with the glazing down.
Mr. Rig It5 years ago
I like this a lot! Great job!
MeganTManey5 years ago
The table is beautiful.
Pkranger885 years ago
Very nice
arte.sano5 years ago
neat, great stuff, I've contemplating this idea but with an old door with boards to make a dinning table. very well done!