Restore a Wood Window Sash
When repairs are in order, a steam box, an easel, and two-part epoxy are your best friends.
There’s a debate among preservationists and energy nerds, traditionalist and modernist, about what to do with old single-pane, divided-lite, weighted window sashes. They have lots of character and history, but also a big energy penalty compared to replacement options.
I won’t try to convince you to restore your old windows. But if you do need to repair a window sash, or a whole house worth of window sashes, I can help you get it done right and with as little frustration as possible. I learned a lot of lessons while tackling the restoration of a historic municipal building that is to become a museum for the city of Yankton, S.D., my hometown—a project for which I repaired, reglazed, and restored hundreds of wood sashes and their window frames. The work prepared me well for the job you see here, which was restoring the windows in my own 1920s…