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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-16-2020, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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It's been a while and with the weather being fairly decent I want to try building a window sash before it gets too cold. What bits or bit pairs would you recommend to build a traditional window? My house was built in 1912. The bottom rail of the upper sashes has come loose in many several windows. The rail is pretty straight on some so I think I may be able to just take out the window and re-glue it in place, then reglaze and paint and be good as new. Many have warped/sag in the rail so need replacing. I figured I would fix one and copy the rail, but also try to make a full window so I can take out one that needs fixing and immediately replace with the new one. That way I can work on the removed window at my leisure rather than rushing to get it back in place, paint, glaze etc. Anyway, the rail has tenons that are visible from the bottom and side, as does the top I think. The inside part of the stiles has something like an ogee shape, but there is so much paint it's hard to say for sure. I don't care to match exactly but something close is fine. If you guys remember I did this maybe 3-4 years ago and I don't remember much about fixing the rail except that I didn't cut my stock right for the 7 degree angle and had to glue a piece of woo on after the fact (everything was good except that angle part). I believe the window is 1 3/8 thick. What bits and what brand? I want decent bits because I may be doing a few of these and not afraid to spend some money but I don't need to best in the world. Thanks a bunch!

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Picture will tell the tale so much better. Can you post a picture or two of what you want to replicate?
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Here are some pics of one of the windows with a straight rail that I plan to just glue up.
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Keith, if that ogee shape you're talking about is in the photos. I think it's a separate moulding, something like a "door-stop moulding".

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Saw your post and had to respond. Last winter I made upper and lower sashes for seven windows for our daughter's lake cabin that was built in the 1910's. I used router bit set 55-802 from infinity cutting tools on 1 1/8" stock. Bit set 55-802 is the small set used for 1 1/8" to 1 1/4" stock. Bit set 55-801 is for 1 3/8" to 1 9/16" stock. They have a video on how to use the bit sets. I am very pleased with the bit set and how the windows I made fit and matched the original windows.
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Thank you, will look into that. I was thinking to replicate the windows, but now I'm thinking to do whatever makes the most sense that fits my windows and makes sense. Not generating much traffic here, but any words of wisdom are greatly appreciated!

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