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How to Make Wood Windows

by Fred Fauth (email Fred) | | August 1, 2009 | 9 Comments »

One project we haven’t tackled yet is building our own windows.  The windows in our homes are vinyl, which is definitely the standard in our area and looks great on our houses.  That said, solid wood windows are beautiful, and Neil (NP) over at Bytown House recently put together two great articles that walk you through all the steps to build your own wood window frames.

Neil is a DIYer who couldn’t find this information anywhere on the web, so he posted the instructions on his own house blog! We find that inspiring… making the web a little better, one article at a time.

If you find yourself looking to build wooden windows, or if you just want a good read, here’s the links:


The tools you’ll need for the job: a table saw, a router mounted in a router table (we just reviewed the RAS900 from SKIL), a mortiser (similar to a drill press), a tenon-jig (for the table saw), and some specialized router bits for making windows.  While these tools aren’t cheap, once bought you can build all of your own custom windows, and save a bundle on labor and materials.

If you’re installing windows made by someone else, definitely read our “how to” for replacement windows.

Thanks for sharing, NP!

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9 Responses to How to Make Wood Windows

  • david garcia responds...
    April 15th, 2011 8:20 pm

    What wood is recommended for wood windows :)


  • david garcia responds...
    April 15th, 2011 8:23 pm

    What wood is recommended for making wood windows???


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  • Icarus responds...
    April 12th, 2012 11:21 am

    Love finding these old gems. This will help if we buy an old victorian that needs some updating.


  • Garrett McDougall responds...
    June 15th, 2012 6:13 pm

    i am looking for a way to build sliding wooden windows for a serving window in an mobile kitchen i have 3 thermo pane windows 20: wide by 40: long any help would very much appreceated


    Fred Reply:

    Garret, for something this complex, you might try the guys over at LumberJocks, or see if a book on Amazon has some help for you.


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