Wood and A Window Sash For The Pole Barn

glazing the window for the barn

Jon and I have been talking about taking the big plastic pieces off of the pole barn for a long time.  We made plans to do it ourselves, but then we saw someone fixing up a barn up the road from us.  It was one of our Amish neighbors and that’s when we got the idea to ask for their help.

Making and fixing barns is something the Amish know how to do.

So we asked Mahlon, who does a lot of carpentry work if he could replace the plastic with wood.  He came by today and started working on the barn while Jon and I were in Saratoga at a doctors appointment.

But before we left, I fixed up the old window sash that Mahlon will frame into the side of the barn.

We picked up the window sash a few years ago in Bennington Vermont.   Today  I scrap off the peeling paint, then cut glass for two of the lites.  Fortunately, there is a stack of window glass in the basement that was there when we bought the house.  They were a little too big, but I learned how to cut glass when I worked in a frame shop.

the white caulk under the glass and the glazing point on top

Once the glass was cut I put down a bead of caulk on the lip of the window frame and set the glass snuggly into it.  This cushions and holds the glass in. After that, I pushed in a grazing point on each side.

Then I roll some glazing putty into a long snake put it around the edge of the glass and use a putty knife to make a smooth bevel.

The glazed after I smoothed it out

Tomorrow I’ll prime the window and put tape on the glass so birds won’t accidentally fly into it. Then it will be ready for Mahlon to put into the barn wall.

The plastic on the barn that Mahlon is replacing with wood and the window sash.

4 thoughts on “Wood and A Window Sash For The Pole Barn

  1. You are so accomplished. I have replaced electrical out lets and rewired lamps, but a wholr new window!

    1. It’s the process of putting the glass in the window lite and smoothing the putty, called glazing, around the glass in a bevel. This is the side of the window that is exposed to the outdoors. The rain will run down the beveled grazing and not rot the wood frame.

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