The Cross House

Little Bits. With a Warning Label.

This window goes above the north entrance door. The stained-glass has been restored. Now it is being bedded and glazed into the restored wood sash.


After the glass is bedded, and after some linseed oil is rubbed onto the exposed wood edge, a string of glazing is pushed in. The trick, when done, is to achieve a perfect beveled corner. For, fewer things in life…


…are more satisfying.


In about 146-years,
In about 146-years, the glazing will have dried, and the sash can be painted.




I mentioned linseed oil.

This is rubbed in with a paper towel. Then the towel is taken outside and burned.

NEVER put an oil-soaked cloth (or cloth soaked with wood stain) in a trash can in the kitchen. The cloth will later ignite and BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN.




6 Responses to Little Bits. With a Warning Label.

  1. I love restoring old windows. I know that may seem weird to some people. But taking something that’s looks terrible, removing all the old paint and glazing is a work of art. The old wood is so hard and when finished will easily last another 100 years. I hate new. I up windows.

  2. Remember, there are two different types of Linseed oil….Boiled and Organic/raw….Go for the organic/raw….The boiled type, sold at almost every hardware store is a chemical and has no oil in it at all….

    Back when most of our old homes were built, raw linseed oil was the bees knees! Used in EVERYTHING! It helps to preserve the woods moister content and it is an amazing product! Back when we maintained our homes, this could be used as a finish on the exterior of the house, or if you could mix pigments with it and use it as paint. Annual coatings kept the paint from cracking and repeal water. It was also used on hardwood floors.

    Spend a few hours, researching linseed oil if you’ve never heard about it and see the amazing benefits of it. You’ll be like me, and wanting to order a few drums of it lol

  3. Love reading your posts. I have many of my friends following you. So awesome that you take the time to document and inspire!

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