Building a Divided-Lite Storm Sash
Changing the setup of router bits is the key to quick window construction.
Synopsis: Although it’s easy to replace a storm window with a vinyl or aluminum unit, nothing’s better than the real thing, according to Canadian builder T.H. Richards, who presents his technique for building wooden divided-lite storm sashes. Richards uses a modified router-bit setup to shape the wooden pieces for the sash, then uses hardwood assembly blanks to put together the windows. He incorporates vent holes to allow condensation to escape. Richards’s technique also can be used for building glass-panel cabinet doors.
A storm window is the sacrificial lamb that takes the brunt of the weather (and errant baseballs) so that an operable window lasts longer. When an old storm sash is beyond repair, people often turn to aluminum triple-track storms or vinyl replacement windows. But to my eye, nothing looks better on a well-weathered house than traditional divided-lite storm sashes. Divided-lite windows also minimize damage from…