Window muntins

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Old 03-13-17, 09:27 PM
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Window muntins

Is there anywhere I can buy window muntins so I can change the glass layout in a few windows?
 
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Old 03-13-17, 09:55 PM
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Are these wood windows where the muntins are held in with little pins?

Anyway. a search brought up Big Blue Window that sells custom un-assembled wood grilles (the common name since they don't really separate the glass panes like a muntin would).

Creative Millworks is another.

Not TOO expensive it seems.

Did you do a search on your own?
 
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Old 03-13-17, 09:58 PM
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I was looking too. It would take a craftsman to be able to remove the glass from a window, install new muntins and then new individual pieces of glass.
 
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I only found one person who sells true muntins online so far. The local window person wants over 200 dollars to add muntins to each window pane.
 
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Old 03-13-17, 11:22 PM
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If you want true divided lights, you'd be better off ordering replacement sashes I'd imagine. Not going to be cheap if you want just single pane.

You could order SDL replacement sashes. Double pane glass with interior, exterior, and between the glass grilles. Again, not cheap but probably less than a single pane true divided light.
 
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I agree replacing the windows is preferable to adding the grilles. I've never been fond of painting those window grilles especially if the inside portion is a different color than the exterior side. Even worse if the the interior gets stained and the exterior painted
 
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The only reason I want to redo the single pane is the house is from 1878 so I'm trying to keep the windows historically accurate. The woodworker can make them for 80 bucks at 8 feet but it seems like it would just be cheaper to buy a router and the bit and make my own if I could figure out where they get the wood to cut them with.
 
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The wood is probably ripped down on a table saw from larger stock.
 
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Old 03-14-17, 09:59 AM
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As mentioned already, if these are true divided lites... (in other words, the muntins break the glass up into, say, 12 individual pieces of 8x10 glass, so that you can replace one individual piece of glass at a time), I wouldn't touch that with a 10' pole. The ends of the muntins need to be mortised into the frame of the sash, the entire sash needs to be removed and disassembled to do it, and depending on the joinery used in the field, the glass and muntins could fail and blow right into the house during the first thunderstorm.

If you are talking about replacing a grille that is on the interior side (of one large piece of single pane glass) that is completely different.

I would assume on a window that old that this is a true divided lite sash, but you have not told us for sure.
 
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It would be true divided glass. I may just pay and have it done to avoid the headaches. The window frames I already have out but I'm sure it would take more headaches then need be to do it vs having a professional do it. Maybe I need to get good at this and corner a business market lol.
 
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"Adams Architectural Millwork" is in Dubuque Iowa. They would certainly make new sash for you in a historic fashion. They may also provide you with muntin material but I'm not absolutely sure of that.

I've met and spoken to the owner at restoration shows that I attend. They are very capable.

As far as making your own, it really isn't as easy as you might think. Even just dealing with the 8' stock as supplied by a woodworker and then cutting and coping the pieces to fit is labor intensive. I have made historic sash for several jobs including 50 light diamond pattern with true divided panes. I have all the proper machinery and even with it, this is not the easiest of diy projects if you want superior results. Doing first class work can be be dependent on getting fits that are measured in 100's of an inch.

I applaud you for the desire to keep a historic look but I warn you that it may be a challenge to do on your own.
 
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