In one sense, this is a straight-forward window frame, no curves, no arcs, no complicated layout. This is my first window frame, and I was a surprised by the consideration required to get one done… precisely. I tip my hat to individuals who do this as a matter of course in their work.
This is a commissioned piece, involving antique glass found in a barn so old that it had to be razed for safety reasons. – for the North Central & North Eastern folks among us – "Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco’ type of old barn .
The glass is 60″ × 25″ × 1/2", and not of fine quality – for its day, it was probably considered industrial- or commercial-use quality. I opted for something different in the joinery department, and thought this might be of interest to the Forum. – see pictures #2 & @3 of the prototype joint.
The glass was framed in a simple mortise and tenon joint, with an integral tenon at the two ends of each rail. This type places full responsibility on the glue to hold the tenon in-place, and forms an obvious joint visible from all sides and top & bottom. With the constructed window becoming wall art – becoming the centerpiece along a conspicuous wall – I opted to hide the joinery via a hidden M&T, with a simple stopped overlap, which is not visible from the side views, and has a only a small overlap when viewed top & bottom. This joint should be stronger as well as more visually appealing.
I hope this generates some interest and discussion… I’m not sure anyone is reading these posts.