Colorful Transom part 2


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.


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


mortise and tenon joint.


three amigos.


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


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


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



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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