Friday, February 04, 2011

Still Wood With Glass

Here is a first look of the assembled windows. I finished the corners and oiled the wood today and then went and picked up the glass. Boy, colored glass is not cheap, but does look nice. The glass is just sitting in there right now being held in place with glazier's points. There is no glazing compound.

The glass is red, glue chip, and midnight blue English Muffle. The red glass is smooth, but has flaws and a few bubbles. The English Muffle is a textured glass. It looks much nicer when it is back lit with sunlight. It also should look nice from the outside when the lights are on in the foyer.

When I installed the colored glass in the butler's pantry doors a few years back they did not go in willingly. My solution at that time was to use a utility knife to widen the rabbet just a hair. It was not easy. In anticipation of problems this time, I asked the owner of The Glass Works in Arcata, where I bought the glass, if he could shave some of the pieces down a little if I needed it. He said, “No problem”, but as it turned out everything fit. It was a nice surprise.

Tonight I will remove the glass and primer the exterior side. Then tomorrow I will paint. Sunday is a day of rest, of course. It is The Super Bowel, after all. A friend used to say something along the lines of, “I don't go to church, but football is my religion and I practice my faith on Sundays”.

If the paint dries nicely on Sunday I may try and get on a few coats of shellac on the interior side before The Big Game starts. I don't think it is blasphimous if I only listen to the pre-game shows, but don't actually watch them.

I decided to try and do the glazing myself. As I said in an earlier post, I've glazed more than a few windows myself over the years, but I was going to take these to a glass shop because I wanted the glazing to be crisp and sharp. I can do it, but it does not really come out crisp and sharp. I've always used a putty knife and a tub of glazing compound, but this time I'm trying the stuff in the caulking tube with the special applicator tip. Fortunately, this stuff takes for ever to set up, so if it comes out looking bad, I can always dig it out and take it some place.

Installation may happen next weekend.


Marilyn said...

With all the inflammatory recipes I have been seeing in all the magazines and newspapers lately for Sunday's big feed, one would really need SUPER BOWELS!

LydiaO said...

They look great! Fabulous color choices too. I really like your new windows.

Greg said...

Thanks LydiaO!


That's funny. At work on Monday I joked that as part of my preparation for the big game on Sunday, all week long I would only eat foods that were official sponsors of the NFL or The Super Bowl.

I went on to explain that since most of that food is highly processed and loaded with sodium and fat, the real challenge would be to keep from getting diabetes or coronary artery disease before half time.

St. Blogwen said...

You are rooting for the Steelers, aren't you?

Yes? Yes?

Kate H.
The Sow's Ear

Greg said...

If by "rooting for the Steelers" you mean wanting them to be winning by 14 to 7 at the half? Then yes, I am rooting for the Steelers.

slateberry said...

Can't wait to see the windows backlit!

The VW Vader commercial would have been even better if it had been filmed at the Petch House.

Greg said...

Hmmm, commercials. Maybe a new source of revenue.