Not a full woodworking question but this group has a lot of good ideas
I am replacing my 20 year old wooden windows with new construction windows.
Basically the entire existing window comes out, new window goes in. My
issue is that some of the rough openings may need to be about a 1/8 inch
bigger on either side. 1/4 total increase. I have used a belt sander and 60
grit paper for the first one. Took just a few minutes to do. About 3 hours
to clean up afterwards. About two days of silence from my wife after that.
Anyone have any ideas how I can reduce the cleanup time? I am OK with the
time for the job and the silence part after that.
2 x 6 studs if that matters
to get a smaller window I would have to get custom made or one that is 4"
Tape up some plastic sheeting over the opening and when you're done
widening it, dump the sheeting out the window and then install the new
That makes total sense. I feel like a bit if an idiot for not thinking that.
I was thinking along the lines of a power hand planer. Less dust, more
Unfortunately if I use the plastic method I will not have to buy a power
I'd probably use a Skilsaw set at the depth to remove; make several
passes across the length then split off between the cuts. Easy enough
to do the cut at the top/bottom corners w/ handsaw. A drawknife would
be ideal for the hacking, probably although a wide chisel would do of
The plastic sheeting is an excellent idea, and the amount of dust might
be substantially reduced if you purchased a top-o-the-line hand planer -
just watch out for mails. A wand-type metal detector might be a wise
investment. Don't forget safety equipment... ;-)
While a power planer will do much of the job, it doesn't get into
corners very well.
If you've never used one though, plan on practicing before you use it
in anger.--it's very, very easy to turn a straight edge into one with
A router with a suitable jig might be a better bet. The Bosch Colt
with the offset base will get very close to a corner.
Seems the simplest solution would be to do the same thing but work from the
inside of the house with a fan at your back set on Hi.
Or Use a Skil saw to make many relief cuts to the depth you want and then
chisel out the rest.
Sawzall is your friend for this job. Installers around here use them.
You can just cut in as far as you need to and split out with a wide
chisel (can use a skill saw too, but a "nail eater" blade on the
sawzall isn't fussy WHAT gets in the way.
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