Wrought Iron Window Box made from old A/C window guard

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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.
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Step 1: Seperate the usable part

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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

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

Step 3: Weld in a base

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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

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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

Step 5:

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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.
panks4 years ago
JackieMust5 years ago
Wow!  I love it.  What a clever idea to make such a lovely window box.  Very nice! 
marshnt5 years ago
y is this under tech
inad (author)  marshnt5 years ago
Huh? Do you mean is this listed under technology or is this technology somehow under qualified to be demonstrated here?
inad (author)  inad5 years ago
Duhh. OK I see it now. The TECH category that is shown in the sub headings above in the orange horizontal category bar; right?
Really beautiful! Great reuse. :D
inad (author)  jessyratfink5 years ago
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.
UltraMagnus5 years ago
if this was made from a AC vent cover, its probably not made from wrought iron
inad (author)  UltraMagnus5 years ago
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.