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07-31-2016 01:51 AM

I want to build a frame for some stained glass windows, what species would be cost affective and stain well. I would like to use some like a 2×3 lumber. Thanks Michael


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#1 posted 07-31-2016 01:53 AM

Oak

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#2 posted 07-31-2016 02:11 AM

I was hoping there was something less expensive.

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#3 posted 07-31-2016 02:37 AM

#2 Common pine?

If the stained glass piece is worth of framing isn’t it worth framing with something equally valuable?

Instead of staining, why not use that actual specie? The best stain is none at all …

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#4 posted 08-01-2016 03:00 AM

I have to agree with Mark. Use the species that you like and maybe finish it with Danish Oil. I would advise, from a guy who does stained glass, that you be sure to let the glass panel float in the frame.

And, BTW, this is my first post here on Lumber Jocks. Seems like a great place.

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#5 posted 08-01-2016 04:18 AM

What are the dimensions of the stained glass?

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#6 posted 08-01-2016 05:41 AM

If your project is small, you can use any wood. If you finish it naturally, then pick something with a nice grain. If you’re trying replicate an old, antique look, I’ve used old window frames. You can find them at garage sales really cheap and online at garage sale sites. Just search your area for online garage sale. I do stained glass also and have repurposed these old window frames to great effect! Only use ones that are structurally sound however. If it’s falling apart, pass it by. You can either strip and refinish the wood, or leave it as is for a rustic look. Here’s a trick I use with my stained glass patterns…If you have a frame that’s a particular size, pick a glass pattern that you like that is close in size. You can use a computer photo program to resize the pattern to the size of your frame. One other point…be sure to leave a bit of space in the frame around the glass, and be sure the channels are clear of bumps or nails. That can cause a pressure point which could crack your glass.

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#7 posted 08-01-2016 01:56 PM

Its around 16×20. What wood are the window frames usually made out of? Thanks Michael

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#8 posted 08-01-2016 10:38 PM

This frame would require about 3 bf. Oak around here is about $7.00 a bf. Some glue and you have a frame for about $20.00.

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#9 posted 08-04-2016 03:37 AM


Its around 16×20. What wood are the window frames usually made out of? Thanks Michael

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Window frames are usually made from pine, sometimes maple. They are also a thicker wood and older ones are made from better quality wood than newer ones. I’ve used old window frames lots of times for up to 24×24 inches with no problems. Usually if they get up to that size I try to include a support rod to ensure they stay flat. It’s not so much what kind of wood is important, it’s the corner joints you have to worry about. Old window frames are mortise and tenon usually. Glue and a staple is not enough for the weight of glass. If you can’t do a fancy joint, consider biscuit joining at least. I don’t think you’ll have an issue with 16×20, just use a strong, thick frame…not a cheap photo frame.

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#10 posted 08-08-2016 08:04 PM

Ok decided to go ahead and buy some oak, so what clear finish is recommended? Thanks

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