Window, Make Window

A transom.
A transom.

Now I’ve got a transom, looking for all the light in there I can get my grubby hands on, though a casual look and you might not know it except for the smears on the glass left from puttying the window in. I take more pleasure in the restored window next to it but this new window is intended first and foremost as the transit opening from wood storage direct to workshop, but you would have to be here to really get the relation of the two spaces to each other.

Glass cutting.
Glass cutting.

The basic set-up, glass cutting, it works good for me, I measure, I cut, I insert the glass into prepared rabbits, pin it and set the putty. Lot of old glass cutters floating around out there, better to get a new one. This cutter has never given me trouble. Next to that, putty knife the special Friesland regional style. Next to that setting pins of the Swedish style, very handy in use. And in front the special glass-setting hammer, trapezoidal in cross-section for safe hammering on glass.

Cutting out the piece.
Cutting out the piece.

Old glass, I collect it and hoard it, every chance I get.

From the inside room.
From the inside room.


Ernest du Bois



  1. Ernest,
    How do you mix up the putty? I’m always behind on re-glazing, and have 2 new windows to make for the barn this winter, so this would be good to know. By the way, my mini bandhache has come in very useful for cutting joints in a new shed.

  2. It’s good to get word from you John so thanks for piping in. That’s fine that you have got some good use out of your bandhacke.

    When I have made up some glass putty it has just been a mix of slaked lime, you should always use fresh lime, and linseed oil. Putty is one of the few things I’ll use boiled linseed oil for, but if you can manage it, the stiffened leftovers from the bottom of the bottle is supposed to be ideal. The difficulty is to get the putty stiff without too much lime in there because then it will crack up. Real putty is getting more and more difficult for me to find so it’s time to get the right ratios worked out for better consistency. If you get some worked up you’re happy with you can let me know it.



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