I try to get my larger projects completed by end of June to better enjoy the summer and here it is July and I am way behind!
My current project is the restoration of a large attic dormer window with 20 True Divided Lights.
During the winter I noticed rain entering the window lights, so I had someone cover the entire window (minus a 2 inch gap at the bottom for air circulation) with plywood. This looked ugly but was not easily visible from the street. This was just a way to temporarily protect the window until the warm weather when it could be repaired.
The window glazing failed. The window is in an out of the way location so I never noticed any problem until it was too late. The last painter I used was a very bad choice for this issue should have been found and fixed by him when the house was painted.
Once the warm weather arrived there were many projects to do and finally this window. The window was removed and put in the garage to be restored and re-glazed.
In this photo you can see the rotted wood on the lower rail of the window. Small areas of rot on the lower corners of the stiles were repaired with Abatron wood repair system . However, for such a large area as you see in the photo above, a Dutchman repair seemed like the best option.
The problem was deciding on what type of wood to use to patch this old pine window. Modern pine is not much different from cardboard and would never hold up. My answer was to use Thermally Modified Poplar. Basically soft wood is cooked and the result is a strong, weather resistant wood that smells like beef jerky that will last a long time.
Here is my Dutchman repair before trimming off the bottom. The piece of thermally modified wood is 2 feet long and 1 1/4 inch thick. Two pieces were glued together for me to get the desired thickness. For this special order, I paid $32.00. I was instructed to glue the Dutchman repair with Marine Epoxy. (Note it is brown from the cooking process – the bacon scent filled the car on the ride home.)
Here is an article in PDF format that tells you all about Thermally Modified Wood.
Remember, wood windows are made to be repaired. Learn about wood windows here .
My next step is glazing. Then I can get this window out of the garage and get my jeep back inside with the top down and doors off and enjoy the summer!