|Project by BertFlores58||posted 07-02-2010 07:29 AM||5746 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
To have a better understanding of Philippine woodworking from before (century old), here are some restoration I’ve done using Capiz Windows.
It is common in Manila that a lot of capiz windows are sold in the antique shops from PHP 1000.00 to 3000.00 ($1=php46.00) depending on the size. I bought 6 pairs. These windows were already century old meaning I was not born yet when it was done. The wood is really hard but easy to sand and plane. But in this case, I did not plane and sand them because I want to preserve the texture how the different era made it. The hard part of the grain still the actual size and some deterioration on the softpart makes it wrinkled like surface (like the 90 year old lady … lol). But if you take a closer, you will appreciate how the carpenter worked before on the manually made mortise and tenon joints on the frames using only chisels and they are tight. The lattice work is also outstanding with delicate capiz (shell – nearly similar to Mother pearl) inserted at less than 1/16” groove. The joints are still intack though the glue were already gone. It is the tightness of the lapjoint that counts. NO NAILS and only DOWELS of very hardwood were used.
I made repairs as necessary on the window. The target is to create a faked windows to be fitted on the kitchen counter and one pair on the wall. So I made two slide top and bottom and fitted it to the wall. I get some recycled wood (Narra). The slide slots were 3/8 routed. Mounting to the wall was aided by lugs screws.
ERRORS: Something to know about mounting to the cemented wall.
I have already finished the jambs and ready for attaching to the walls. I did not realize that cemented walls’ surfaces are not normally leveled precisely. The right angle of the frames was affected as shown in the picture #6. The slide is a bit awkward to open.
Some people around the area and most of my visitors like this very much. There is only one big “NO” from me if somebody wants me to make the lattice work with capiz window. I can make the frame easily but the lattice the way it was done is quite tricky.
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