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.