Project builds #61: Getting to grips with glazing bars

As a woodworker I tend to be drawn to traditional work and traditional methods. Seldom do I find a modern high speed solution to be the best solution, for me that’s true for many things, carving letters and dovetails of any type are two good examples of this. Glazing bars are another prime example.

Having been taught the traditional method briefly by my dad and only having ever cut two joints I moved away from this way of doing them and for a while went with the more commonly accepted scribe and dowel method. My biggest dislike to this is the sheer volume of maths required to make it work as you have to scribe you ends while the stock is still square so you then have the issue of using small stock in machines that are known finger nippers. Add to that that generally mass produced dowel is not mega durable and you have a problem situation.

So I have gone back full circle the scribe cutters stay in the draw and I use traditional methods to joint the bars, this gives a far superior finish and leaves a stronger product. It also means that very fine bars are possible.

The initial joint is marked out and cut while the stock is still square at this stage the stock has been planed 4 square and the rebates are run the final length is also marked out. The joints are now cut in the square stock that gives you the ability to hold the stock easily and marking out is so much easier. I cut all these joints using a 20tpi gent Saw as o find it has the clean cut accuracy and speed im looking for.

Then the moulding profile is added to the bars taking care not to damage the stock as they now have joins cut in them. The finished pieces can now be mortised into the main frame.

Tags: professional woodworking glazing bars

Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.

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Whitacrebespoke ...

Thanks Bruce

Brian ...

Outstanding. You’re a fountain of knowledge. I would love to visit your shop one day. Too bad you’re so far away. I don’t get to Europe much, and when I do, it’s on the opposite side (my wife is Hungarian).

Whitacrebespoke ...

Brian, you’d be more than welcome any time. Shops a tip at the moment so it would force me to tidy up if you came.

Brian ...

I think you’ll have time to clean up. ;-)