Oak windows for 100 yr old stable conversion.

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Project by gavinzagreb posted 04-22-2012 10:17 AM 1999 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, the more astute members may notice that there’s no glass and no finish on this window yet, and it’s not installed.
Neither of these tasks are currently mine, but I do have a feeling they might boomerang back to me some time in May.
So, as far as my job is concerned now, these are finished !
My father inlaw is renovating the old stable out at the farm house. They previously had a ‘master’ to do the windows on the house, and although he did an ok job, I figured I could do just as well, possibly better, and save my inlaws some money.
Long story short, I have never made ‘proper’ windows before, having previously built only 2 simple garage windows.
After a lot of experimentation over winter, a lot of inspecting photos I had taken of the house windows, and a few failed attempts along the way, I finally came to a process that worked ! You should note that I didn’t even own a jointer and planer, or a tablesaw when I started. Along the way, I ended up buying both.
Professional window makers will note this is not a normal construction for a window, but it’s the construction the ‘master’ used to make the house windows and I went with that.
You’ll not i also made the window casings (?), this is also how the other windows were made, and then slotted into the walls later.
2 more sets to do. Hopefully I can do them quicker now. I learnt a lot from doing these ! Mainly, make your first attempt with free or cheap wood !. Maybe even the second attempt !

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#1 posted 04-22-2012 11:18 AM

Those look very good.
You are learning why woodworkers always try something new. WE GET TO BUY NEW TOOLS ! lol

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#2 posted 04-22-2012 11:45 AM

Very nice one!

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 12:35 PM

Looks good, nice job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 12:36 PM

Nice job! I’m sure that your in-laws will like them. Saving money and doing projects because we can is the reason most of us do wood working. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 03:16 PM

Thanks guys.
Got a ‘well done’ from my father-linlaw (as much as he’s willing to give), and mother-inlaw suggested i go into business doing windows for these types of old wooden houses ! Not with my tools ! Compliment appreciated though.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 03:22 PM

That is some fine looking work

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 04:45 PM

I think you are getting the idea. Mock ups first. Especially when it is the first time. Did you get specifis from your in-laws as to what they wanted befoe starting? Did you factor in weather and resistance to sun etc.?

You are designing and building now! Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 06:17 PM

The specifics were that they should look similar to the ones on the house. These windows will be protected by a small porch area, so no direct sun or rain. I’d like them to be finished in a marine spar varnish. Father inlaw has a different idea, so he can finish them how he likes. I put in rubber weather seals that hopefully keep out the cold a bit more during winter, and I left room for a thicker glass than the ones on the house have.
Now that I’ve collected so much free wood, mock ups are the go for any idea i have from now on.
My biggest problem was not really understanding the way the house windows were made. I should have taken one to my shop before they were installed and studied it better. Photos just weren’t enough in the end.
I’ll also admit to a major mathematical error on the first completed set. I was suppose to divide 550 by 2, and for some reason at the time ( about 3 months ago) I wrote down 225 instead of 275 ! When I got back to making them, I didn’t re-check those old measurements. Made me feel real stupid ! Too narrow, too late, too bad! I might still use them, just add a decorative centre piece of some sort to make up the difference. I might re do them just for practise. ; )

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 06:44 PM

LOL! I’m happy when I make my mistakes to the plus side! My grandfather use to say “I cut it off twice and it was still to short!” hey at least it was someone who will cut you some slack. :-) and It is often hard to “make it their way.”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 04-22-2012 11:22 PM

I am building windows myself. I made one window but really didn’t like the opening mechanism. Your window looks great!

Any suggestions or photos? Plans?

Thanks! Great looking windows.


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#11 posted 04-22-2012 11:29 PM

looks great!

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#12 posted 04-23-2012 12:16 AM

I have been wanting to make some in-swing casement windows with screens attached. I can’t figure out how to let water out from the screen frame after a rain shower and not let buggies in.

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#13 posted 04-23-2012 01:19 AM

weep holes and slight pitch draining out small mesh scren can effectively block most rain, excet wind driven?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 04-23-2012 05:34 AM

Thanks everyone.
Ak, no plans, but I’ll post some more detailed pics in a blog soon.

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