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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 07-05-2015 02:24 PM 753 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2015 02:24 PM

Im going to be looking into building the custom framing for windows for my dads house. Was curious if anyone here has done windows before. I have some old redwood, would like to see if that would be good for windows, or if it would just be better to send this lumber to a window manufactuer to have them build it.

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 02:44 PM

Depending on the design, a window is simple to make. It gets tricky when you get into double-glazing and intricate blinds. And you can buy a number of router bit sets that make the joinery quite straightforward, again, depending on the style of the construction.

Redwood would be quite adequate, I think.

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 04:11 PM

Are argon windows filled before wood assembly or after the glass is installed into the wiod

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 05:18 PM

If your talking about argon filled windows, you would be talking about an insulated unit.
(2 glass panes sandwiched over an air spacer).
These are done by the company building the units and already have the gas in them when you get them.

I’m not sure what your planning to do, but you would be better off buying the insulated glass unit, already made, and then building your own frame for it.
Here is an example of an insulated glass unit:

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 06:19 PM

Thank you, that is what inwas hoping for.

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 08:23 PM

How many windows?

You’ll have to balance “I made them” vs. you have better ways to spend your time. That’s a personal decision, but if you want insulated windows, its more than just the glass.

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 09:30 PM

What else do i have to look into? I just have this idea to do so manythings, just to say “i built that”.

I want to eventually build a house completly on my own.

I was even going to look into learning “beam construction”

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