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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Splicing In The Dark

I know of no carpenter that enjoys spicing. Let alone when it's in the dark. On the top of a ladder.
 A friend had a sash window where the bottom had rotted out of the top frame. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done the job if he wasn't a friend as it was very awkward without a 100% chance of it working. The timing was down to me, as it was the only time we could both fit it in.
 I machined the piece in advance, ready to fit. I broke the old piece away and cleaned up all the tenons. I then marked the new piece up, halving joints on either ends with mortices to join in the mullions in the middle. I was a fiddly job at the top of a ladder. 
 I then glued and screwed the piece in a place and used linseed putty to seal the glass. My putty skills are far from the best but it's so infrequent that I use it now, it will look fine when painted though. 

The window should last a few more years now, I've told him it's essential that he paints on to the glass when he paints the window as this is the only way you properly seal a window with putty.
Left home at 7 at night and got back in around 12 - not everyones working day!

6 comments:

  1. Good job. Though working in the dark is just not my cup of tea. A couple 500 Watt spots would have done nicely.

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    1. I had to park the van some distance away so I had to keep it light, it was one of those jobs that took longer than I thought (and I didn't think it would be quick!).
      Not a fan of working in the dark but trying to fit the jobs in around looking after the kids - not easy!

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  2. Life ain't easy for a workin' man!

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    1. That's the trouble - my job is looking after the kids but I still try to squeeze as much work as possible!

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  4. There is at least one Carpenter who enjoys splicing Me

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