Window Pane Coffee Table

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About: I am an Engineer for a Civil Construction contractor outside of NYC, a hockey player, and an extremely amateur furniture designer. I have been exposed to the wasteful nature of the construction industry and ...

This project was a housewarming gift for my sister who needed a slim table for her living room.

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Step 1: Acquire Materials

Its made out of two mahogany single pane office windows reclaimed from a former Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh and four old mahogany bed posts. All the materials for this project were acquired for under $40 at Construction Junction in Pittsburgh, one of the most innovative material re-use organizations in the country. Try your local dealer of reclaimed materials to find some appropriate windows and legs. Check the Building Material Reuse AssociationBuilding Material Reuse Association's website for an organization near you.

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Step 2: Clean 'em Up

First, I had to clean up the windows by removing the old hinges and locks. I also needed to reinforce the molding holding the panes to the window frame with finish brads and wood glue.

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Step 3: Cut the Legs

I used a dado blade on the table saw to cut slots in the bed posts for the window frames to sit in and a miter saw to cut down the legs and to crown the posts.

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Step 4: Attach Legs

I used a finish brad gun and wood glue to connect the windows to the legs and stainable wood filler to fill the joints and dark stain on the joints.

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Step 5: Put It to Use

For the most part, I left the table unfinished because the wear on the bedposts and windows gave it great character.

TOTAL COST: $45

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      mowdish

      10 years ago on Introduction

      Nice table. I've thought of doing some thing like this with discarded window panes I've seen around my neighborhood. What has held me back is that the glass has always seemed much thiner than what is typically used for furniture. Do you think yours will hold up?

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      Yea, its been going strong for almost two years now. Its had some pretty heavy wedding books, etc. and the glass has done fine. It is also the older thinner wavy-er glass. I spent a decent amount of time beefing up the molding holding it though