Door for porch

April 2, 2016


Over a periode of 2 years I worked on this porch in different stages, first I made a new big window and big sil on the front house elevation, and this time I made a new door and window also renovated the pillars and framework and made new features for frame and pillars.






French windows

October 13, 2012

French windows don’t have a stile in the middle, it opens up completely, in this case because the customer wants to be able to step out through the window and sit in the garden.  As if this isn’t difficult enough they also had to be inside opening windows, two things that doesn’t make it easy to make a water and draft proof design.

Double rabbets on the sides and the window stile, with draft-seals.  Single rabbet on top and bottom with a ‘click’ on the windows. I always try to avoid wood on wood when window is closed, water likes to sit in between there it’s called capillary force, I used draft sealing on all these points.

Flush bolts on the inside to hold the one window.

Flush-bolt bottom,the windows are sticking out over the rabbet on the outside the sill is sloping and attached on the window is a water-drip.

Water-drip under the sill, lead curves up under and just behind the water-drip, water-drips at bottom of the windows, ventilated glass-beads with water-drip.

Outside rabbet end is cut under an angle so it doesn’t trap water.

I did all I could think of; to stop water and draft getting in or getting trapped, oh yes and water-drip at the top of the frame. This wall is most exposed it’s situated quite high and looking out over the Irish-sea.

Casement windows

August 31, 2011

Arranging and cutting the sapele. I ordered just enough wood, so no room for mistakes

The sloping sill and the tops of the frames

Cutting  the tenons of the stiles. Copy the angle of the sloping sill at the bottom in the front of the stile. I do this on the tablesaw. I left the saw in the angle position after cutting the angle on the sill

The frames are ready to glue now

The stiles for the 6 windows mortised

Stiles are ready; I start cutting the tenons

Ventilating glass beads with water drip. By using these there will be no problems with rot in the bottom corners of the windows.  With double glazing especially you always have a problem with condensation  between glass and  wood, caused by the temperature difference of the materials. Without the ventilating glass beads condensation is locked up and the wood starts to rot – it’s nothing to do with bad weather

Bottom window with water drip and ventilating glass bead in place

Windows in place. The middle window is set, the others are hinged

Windows fitted

For the finish I used Osmo UV protection oil clear. I also put a strip of lead under the sill with waterdrip

On the inside I put oak sills and treated them with the same oil

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