For my Garage, I need to replace a couple of windows.
The rot has fully destroyed the windows in my detached garage, and the City
is on a Fix-It-Up campaign. I cannot afford to have the windows custom
made, so I thought I might try to make the windows myself. After all, it
just my backyard garage, and might be a good learning project. Thus my
1 - Windows, which side is exposed to the weather: the glass and glazer's
compound, or the wood molding with the glazer's points and compound to the
2 - For windows that are really just for light and are not functional, is
there still any reason for the design to have the styles mortised into the
rails? Since I am not an expert, I would rather make the windows more water
damage resistant by having the styles run from top to bottom, and the rails
mortised into the styles. I realize that if these were counter-balanced
functional windows, the bottom rail would need to go completely left to
right. But these are not functional windows.
3 - The previous window design had a 2x6 across the bottom as the sill.
Then a 1x3 from the weather front of the sill back to the window. The
window was back behind this 1x3, so the bottom 3/4 inch was covered by this
1x3. The bottom the window had water damage; which I think was because
water would run down the window and get trapped between the window and this
decorative piece 1x3. That 1x3 adds a lot to the overall look of the
window, and I would rather keep it. Any suggestions on a better design?
Add a another 1x3 behind the 1st? This would have the window's bottom
sitting on this new piece of wood, and the bottom edge exposed to the
4 - Is there anything that needs to be done to the 2x6 sill to help rain
water drain off the sill? Like route a 1/8 inch deep groove on the
underside so the water will drop off rather than bead to the garage wall?
Thanks for the replies.