Making a window from scratch

Old 07-26-00, 04:58 PM
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Hi, I have enclosed my porch and I have a side that I have windows in now. I would like to make my own window with panes of plexiglass and wood. Does anyone know how to make a window? I know it shouldn't be hard but I am stumped at the moment on how to begin. Since it is an unusual size and I don't need to open the windows I thought this would be an easier and cheaper way to go. The panes are about $3.50 for a 12" x 12" piece and I think I would need about 6 across and 5 down. Any help or a link to a web site would be appreciated.
Old 07-26-00, 08:50 PM
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Although it may seem easy, the construction of a true divided lite window is a fairly complex operation requiring uncommon tools and techniques. An intermediate step might be to aquire a window near your size from a salvage yard and modify it.Another good place to look for cheap window sash is a glass shop. They often stockpile the old windows left from replacement jobs.
Old 06-08-05, 06:42 AM
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How to build a traditional true divided light window

You can build traditional true divided light wood windows with some
shop tools. You will need a table saw (for ripping) and a chop saw
(for cross-cutting) and you will also need a router table with 2 matching
bits. Freud makes nice bits and you should use bit 99-050 and 99-051.
Old 06-08-05, 07:57 AM
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I quite agree with both the above posts.

I just want to add that it helps to have an assortment of woodworking tools, dispite the fact that you may get lucky and not need all of them.

This is not intended to dissuade you, just to enlighten you. For example you will want a sliding jig for the router to make the end grain cuts, and a set of at least 4 bar clamps or as many as you can afford, and perhaps a nail gun and air compressor when it comes time to install the windows. If your window router bit set works best on 5/8" or 1/2" stock, then you will want a planer to reduce your stock. Also keep in mind that plexiglass is often thicker than window glass which may require a few more common bits or as least some design considerations.

Personally, I like the idea of making your own windows because it will save you a ton of money. In fact, your porch is a is great example of taking on a project like that. Lot's of matching, money saving windows. Definately the Freud bit sets mentioned above are the way to go if you tackle this project.
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I love the idea! Anybody that has the time and patience to tackle such a project I salute. You can make just about anything with the right amount of research and tools. =)

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