Colorful Transom part 2

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installing the finished product.

I was tasked with replicating the colorful transom I blogged about a while back, so here are some pictures. As a one man millshop at the Preservation Resource Center, I had to do all the steps myself, from milling to assembly to glazing. Good experience, but pretty slow compared to a production shop.  The transoms are made out of cypress using traditional mortise and tenon joinery.  Making a window is like making a jig saw puzzle – each piece has post a positive and negative shape, and it all has to fit together perfectly.  If done right, the finished sash pieces together snugly without any nails necessary.  a little glue is used for permanence, but that’s all.

Next, I’m making doors for the same property, here in new orleans in the treme.

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once glued, the sash is clamped and left overnight. no nails are used.

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mortise and tenon joint.

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three amigos.

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the pieces of a sash. rails (horizontal), Stiles (verical), and muttons (the skinny fellas in the middle)

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this is a rail (horizontal part). the thin part sticking off the end is called the tenon.

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before gluing all the pieces together, everything is checked for fit.

 

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notice how the cope and profile mirror each other. that off colored square is where i mortised in the wrong place and had to patch the hole. Once the transom gets painted, you'll never know it is there.

 

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