Shop-Built Window Frames
Simple joinery, #2 pine and stock sash make inexpensive custom windows.
Synopsis: This is a step-by-step guide to making simple double-hung sash windows. The author uses common shop tools and readily available materials. Not high-tech, but custom, inexpensive and especially well suited to replacing windows in old houses.
The window frames in my 1855 house were in varying states of disrepair; some of them needed only a little rebuilding, but a lot of the window frames and most all of the sash were beyond hope. A practical renovation demands modern thermal efficiency at a tolerable cost, as well as some sense of original appearance. These goals can be satisfied by the methods I used for building new window frames.
To attain some degree of thermal efficiency in my windows, I decided to use vinyl jamb liners intended for direct retrofit in existing window frames. If the V word makes the hair on your neck stand up, then you share my first reaction.…