Introduction: Wrought Iron Window Box Made From Old A/C Window Guard

These are some of the sequential photos and description of how I made two wrought iron Window Boxes from one old Window A/C unit window guard.

Step 1: Seperate the Usable Part

I used an angle grinder with a thin blade to grind through the welds and then a hammer to tap the old window guard into two halves.

Step 2: Work on a Table

Careful craftsmen will work on a table and not on the ground.

Step 3: Weld in a Base

Weld a reinforcement frame to the part that will be the base . Also weld in a grating of some kind. I used something called "horse panel" that is available at farm and ranch type supply stores like TSC.

Step 4: Add Lower Brackets As Needed

Weld on some substantial lower brackets. A simple straight rod will do.

I make scrolls so I made these of 1/2" solid iron square bar. You can see some of my work at http://ironandwood.com.

Step 5:

As WallE said, "tadaaa." The person I made this for was going to have it sandblasted and painted so I just threw on some canned spray paint to preserve it while it waited.

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panks (author)2010-07-25

lovely!

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JackieMust (author)2010-03-07

Wow!  I love it.  What a clever idea to make such a lovely window box.  Very nice! 

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marshnt (author)2009-04-30

y is this under tech

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inad (author)marshnt2009-05-08

Huh? Do you mean is this listed under technology or is this technology somehow under qualified to be demonstrated here?

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inad (author)inad2009-05-08

Duhh. OK I see it now. The TECH category that is shown in the sub headings above in the orange horizontal category bar; right?

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jessyratfink (author)2009-05-01

Really beautiful! Great reuse. :D

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inad (author)jessyratfink2009-05-08

TY Jess. I thought it was rather creative for the "happy" old furniture dealer to figure that I could do this and then turn me loose on the project. I did have to make a heavy iron rod scroll bender to make those brackets. They are solid 1/2" square bar. No heat was used to bend anything you see here.

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UltraMagnus (author)2009-04-30

if this was made from a AC vent cover, its probably not made from wrought iron http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrought_iron

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inad (author)UltraMagnus2009-05-08

OK ; UM you are reaching for a purists' use of words. All iron is wrought at some time. 1820s wrought iron is admittedly more worked on an anvil than modern iron work. But I go with: whether you bend a rod bought from an Iron supply dealer or you beat iron out of a lump of dirt ore and turn it into a rod, it is wrought either way.

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