Lay your window flat on the floor, top side down. Set up your legs on their corners and place the apron pieces (3/4" side down) appropriately to make sure everything fits together as you wish. If something is not right, THIS IS THE TIME TO FIX IT!!! ACT NOW OR LIVE WITH IT!!!
If you don't have a drill and are opposed to buying one (even though they only cost $40 or less and you'd probably use it all the time), you can use a hammer and nails. Invite your neighbors to watch your fingers and your frustration swell.
With a sharp pencil, mark each spot where the leg meets the apron. It is very important to mark accurately as this will show you where to attach your apron. If it is wrong, you could end up with a leg that's way off course.
Line up one apron piece on its' marks (3/4" side down). If you marked right, the apron should fit exactly between those marks. Glue it in place with wood glue or liquid nails making sure the entire piece is lined up flush with the outer edge of the window. Let that dry. Make sure it's exactly where you want it because once it's dry, it's on there!
Pre-drill small holes straight through the apron and into the window every 4" to 6". These holes should be approximately the length and width of the screws (2") you have chosen, but no wider or longer. Pre-drilling holes that are too big will inhibit the screws' ability to grip.
Hint: Make sure your screws are long enough to go through the apron and part of the window without poking through the other side.
Insert your screws into the holes being careful not to push them in past their limit. This could split the wood.
Continue until all of your apron pieces are in place.
A Leg To Stand On
Place your leg in the corner "slot" you have just created with your apron. Nestle it in until it fits just right.
Snuggle your L bracket so that it sits flush against the leg and the apron.
Mark the holes with your pencil.
Pre-drill holes. These holes will be shorter because the screws you will use will be shorter (most likely 1" will do).
Replace the bracket and screw into holes.
Continue until all of your legs are firmly attached.
Kick Your Feet Up!
Turn over your window and you'll find you've got yourself a table!
Kick up your feet and relax a bit while you decide how best to decorate your new conversation piece.
Paint works wonders! Some people take off the original hardware and place a sheet of glass over the panes.
I prefer leaving the hardware on and leaving the panes uncovered.
Gives me a sense of authenticity and reminds me of tv dinners!
Enjoy! And remember--the only ceiling is your imagination.
What do you think?
»Russell adds "The doors I found were missing their original glass panes. As I contemplated replacing with the same, I remembered some 1/4 inch copper sheeting material I was stashing which had acquired a lovely patina look. I cut this to the proper size to fit into the old squares where the glass had been in a pattern that allowed me to leave some of the glass intact. I painted the wood a terra cotta shade and utilized some old lodge pole pieces for legs. It came out terrific and is the focal point of my main living space. Also, the copper is impervious to hot or cold or stains. In fact, the more use it receives, the better it looks."