How do I build a window from scratch


Nothing Fancy just a 4 wide window to replace one that is rotting out and the panes of glass have unsealed and are sliding apart.
What wood. And a basic design if anyone has an idea. I ahve looked all over the web and it annoys the crap out of me that no matter what I put on the search along with the word window I always get some software package related to MS Windows.
Thanks.
I plan on checking the library tonight. But I csn't imagine there is to much to it.
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The issue of popular woodworking I just got in the mail yesterday has an article about how to build your own window using mortises and tennons.
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On 7 Oct 2005 11:46:49 -0700, "PAPutzback"

try a google advanced search: <http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
in the "without the words" line put "microsoft"
it will look like this: <http://www.google.com/search?as_q=build+window&num &hl=en&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=&as_oq=&as_eq=microsoft&lr=&as_ft=i&as_filetype=&as_qdr=all&as_occt=any&as_dt=i&as_sitesearch=&safe=images> this won't get rid of all of the software vendor links, but it will thin them out a bit.
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Not sure I understand what you said.......

Is this a double-hung window with 4 panes of glass in the upper and lower sash or a sliding window with 4 panes in each sliding panel?
Just about any good, knot free wood will work but I would use poplar since it's a inexpensive hardwood, very few knots if any, takes sealers and paints well and is easy to machine and is readily available. There are many other choices and if you look at some windows, you'll find that they are using plain old pine.
Try describing the window again or at least a link to a similar looking window that you want to build. Perhaps the easiest route would be to repair the existing window. I've done that on several occasions when it was an "old style" window and we wanted to preserve what we could.
Bob S.

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It is a 4 pane fixed window. I am looking at ordering 4 peices of tempered, IG glass measuring 68h by 20w. Because of the wiegth of the glass I ant to make sure the thickness and strength of the wood exceeded spec. The current frame is rotted and falling apart and a lot of the wood that holds the frame is bad also.
Do I need to rabbit the rails and stiles along with quarter round to hold the glass in or would quarter round work by itself.
I know I'll caulk the glass where it meets the quarter but do I need to have gasket between the glass and the frame or can I leave about 1/8in between the panel and the frame and fill it with caulk.
I was hoping to find some Stile/rail kits on the web but I haven't had any luck. So I have to do all this with basic tools.
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That size window is going to be very heavy and is larger than anything I've built or repaired in the past and rather than mislead you, I hope someone else more experienced can offer you some sound advice.
The weight of tempered glass and the potential wind load on that much glass means they better be mounted securely.
Bob S.

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The tough part is making the glass. If you live near a beach you're off to a good start.
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I was going to use the sand out of my sandbox. Hopefully the local cats have'nt messed it up to bad.
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I made these
http://www.teamcasa.org/workshop/images/windows1.jpg
using this bit set http://tinyurl.com/cog5l
I made them from verticle grain fir but next time I think I'll use cypress or SYP. The bit set allows for a large tennons and they are strong and fairly easy to build.
Dave
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Any way to get a cross section of how the glass sits against the frame. A scribble in paint perhaps.
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I posted a picture at ABPW
Dave
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Keep in mind that wood and glass expand differently when temperature or humidity change. Have a looki in your local library at any good boook on carpentry ("The Carpenters Companion" has a section on windows), there is also a book by the US NAVY on how to build simple buildings which includes a short chapter on windows and how to put in the glass.
Double glazing requires a bit more care, but should be covered in publications a bit more up-to-date than the ones mentioned above.
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I notised on vinayl windows rubber cusions for expantion. about six inchs apar t ,rubber inner tube. 1/8 thick
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