Project builds #64: More sashes

So I’m 11 days in and one window (that awful bathroom window) is done and functioning all as it should so past two days I’ve got the other window I had started (the bedroom window that took 4 hours just to remove the sashes) all stripped reglazed and ready to reinstall in the morning.

Only one more to do on this visit after this one so I hope to be done and home by Friday latest.

Tags: sash windows professional woodworking

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

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Madts ...

Looks like you are getting ahead,.

—Madts,

Whitacrebespoke ...

It does not feel like it

Whitacrebespoke ...

Thanks Bruce

David A Sylvester ...

Look n good it’s a lot of work but it’s well worth it in the end when you stand back and look at the finished project nice job.
I made doors and windows for over 20 years mostly reproduction those look as good as new

Whitacrebespoke ...

Thankyou David, more work that I’d have liked but well worth the effort they are as you say as good as new.

Brian ...

Wow I can’t believe you brought that back to life. Amazing. Maybe the original condition isn’t as bad as it appears, but believe me, it looks pretty bad.

Whitacrebespoke ...

It was bad and to be honest if I had done the Heritage building permission for the client i would have put in for a complete replacement for this one as it was not an original window. But unfortunatly the conservation officer was allowed to get keen on this job.

Brian ...

I have to deal with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on occasion. They can be a real pain – like they change their minds about certain things after they already approved it. But they would never force us to keep the old windows. New windows, doors and any kind of decorative moldings are always acceptable as long as they meet their style standards.

In fact that reminds me. I had a job once a long time ago and the windows came from a Chinese contractor. They were there cheapest pieces of junk you could find. All custom made, but real crap. Anyway, they couldn’t do one opening – a very large arched opening that was supposed to contain 3 windows. They didn’t follow the plan, replaced the windows twice and still failed the Landmarks test. Finally, I was talking to the mason on the job. He was really smart, a little eccentric and a real craftsman. He blurted out that he could make the windows and that he was a master carpenter, which I had no idea about. I said ok, he gave me a price even less than the Chinese guy and I figured we were so far down the rabbit hole that it couldn’t possibly hurt to try. Well, it turned out he wasn’t making up any stories. That window was by far the most beautiful and smoothest operating one in the building. And less expensive too? Wow. I was blown away. And that was actually the spark for my great appreciation for doors and windows. I always say the greatest woodworking marries form and function and you don’t get much more utility than from doors and windows.

Whitacrebespoke ...

I love doors and windows they drive me around the twist at times and I do like a change occasionally. I can appreciate the craftsmanship in them all though from medieval castle doors to the most ornate Georgian and Victorian double entrances and crudely made elm ledge and brace cottage doors.

Over here dependant on the classification they have the power to make you retain the old and replace like for like that includes glass and fittings.