Are there plans to build the actual wood frame of a wood & glass
window? I want to build 10 windows for my screen porch. 60" x 24" and
60" x 30". They will install from the inside, set into the framed area
for the window.
Thanks for any help.
Probably not, at least I found none when searching
carefully last summer. Existing framework for screen
windows was lined by half-inch battens, so I cushioned
these with foam tape (sold by the glazing store) and
simply set panes of glass against them, held in place
by similar battens inside. Thus I could do all the
work single-handed and from indoors.
There are windows, and then there are windows. If you are talking a double
hung with screen, you may do better buying. If you are talking a fixed
frame, it is really very simple and if you look at one you can easily figure
out how to do it. More information may get you more help.
Thank you both for the information. Yes, these are simple windows;
single pane in a fixed frame and I will hang them like old fashioned
storm windows, with 2 metal brackets above and 2 hooks at the bottom.
It's probably less complicated than I think.
They are simple to made, but will have to be pretty hefty to handle glass
The frames will have to be thick enough to hold the glass particularly if
you are only going to hold them in with 4 points of attachment. You will
also need to consider wind loading.
I would reconsider how you are going to install them. Maybe screws all
For construction you need to search window joinery. This will explain how
to make the joints and how to attach them to the frame.
Something like this.
I have never built an entire unit. I have made replacement parts for some.
The basic description of a sound window would be mortise and tenon joints at
the four corners with a 1/4 x1/4" deep rabbit cut into the in the exterior
sash for the glass and glazing. In your case the glazing might be best on
the inside. Some of the newer cheaper windows replace the M&T joint with a
half lap cut. These are much weaker and I would not suggest this route for
the size glass you are considering. At 60" tall I would suggest you might
want to consider a center stile and 2 pieces of glass instead of one.
The extra molding cuts are purely for looks.
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