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Hello. Recently retired and first time reader. I hope to learn how to build a bay window. Not bad on a table saw, but need to learn how to use a router. I know... I know... .
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Welcome to the forum Gary. There are a few considerations about installing a bay window, particularly if it a large one. I googled "building a bay window" and this is a link to one of the hits that is worth reading. Build the Bay Window You've Always Wanted | Windows | House Exterior | This Old House

If it is a large one you'll need to add structure to support it, such as extending the floor joists in your house. If it extends too far from the house you'll need to add a dormer on the roof to cover it or extend the rafters.

Some of the milling jobs can be done with router or table saw. If any of the windows open you will need to learn how to make a strong enough joint at the corners to keep the frame together such as dowels, mortice and tenon, floating tenon, or saddle joint. It is a bit of an ambitious project for someone with no router skills but not impossible. I would do google searches to see if you can find a plan to follow or at least look at enough manufactured bay windows to see how the pros do it.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.

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Hello Cherryville Chuck,

Thank you for the detailed e-mail. Hey, never underestimate motivation when it comes to learning! I did go to YouTube re bay windows and did find enough to realize that there was a fair amount I needed to learn; the window book I took out of the local library was a further help in revealing my ignorance, but that was very helpful in beginning my search. Thirty years ago a friend and I built three windows for our kitchen, two of which opened (casement types). He was a retired carpenter (highly skilled) and coaxed the wood through my horrible saw. I'm looking at these windows and trying to recall what we did (Tom died at the ripe old age of 98 last year). And I'm checking out the other wood windows in our house; I bought these windows a few at a time as we could afford them and installed them myself. I'm now on a wait list for a woodworking class and I shall immediately view this YouTube link. Thank you very much.

Oh, and by the way, my old saw is now outside under cover. I threw a masonry blade on the thing and it's been perfect for cutting paving bricks which I've recently installed for an entrance to my basement. Did the same thing with an old skill saw to saw through 2' concrete pavers. Simply wear a mask and vroom. I find this way much safer than using an angle grinder. But forget about pavers...back to windows and routers! Ciao, Gary
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