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 Post subject: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:42 pm 

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I picked up 8 windows which were replaced and have the top and bottom sashes only. Is it possible and worth my time/effort/$ to build frames for these? I would be using for a hunting cabin, nothing elaborate but need windows that are going to keep the elements out.


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:33 pm 

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You could build frames for those windows quite easily. They won't be close to air tight without some weatherstripping and careful carpentry but you could build them pretty easily.


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:15 pm 

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Any suggestions or tips? Where would you start?


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:50 pm 

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In effect, you are going to be making the sill, jambs, and stops. That can be accomplished pretty simply once you have a size measurement on what your finished interior sizes are based on your sash sizes. If you build them tight enough or use some sort of compression jamb liner, you can likely get away without have a balance system.

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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:31 pm 

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Thanks, those illustrations are awesome and will help me get going!


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 9:24 am 

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What type of wood do you suggest? Pine, poplar or something harder?


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:08 am 

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Pine or poplar are fine.


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:10 pm 

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Poplar cuts nicer.


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:33 pm 

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What is the best tool to make a groove in the jamb for a parting bead / strip?


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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:03 pm 

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Trim router.

You will need to set up a jig for it to work in.

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 Post subject: Re: Building frames/jambs for double hung windows
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 9:22 am 

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I would just buy some inexpensive vinyl windows myself.By the time you buy material and figure out to build, could be expensive depending on how much your time is worth. I would use poplar for sure since pine can really be crap these days. I would also prime/paint all sides of frame, especially the sill. The parting stop could also just be nailed on.


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