The Never-Ending Window…Has Ended

See the triple arched windows on the second floor? See the one in the center? That is just a sheet of glass.


When i purchased the house in 2014, that sheet of glass was in place. But where was the original wood sash?

It later turned up. In pieces. The bottom edge had severe rot, and the lower rail had fallen away. Why this damage had occurred I could not explain as the adjacent window sashes proved in excellent condition under all the many layers of paint.

I caulked the sheet of glass to keep it from rattling (how many years had people listed to that?), and the damaged sash just sat and sat. And sat.

I would, every now and then, debate about getting a new sash made but, as usual, I was curious to see if this ancient original artifact could be salvaged. The debate though would never get resolved so the sash continued its tenuous existence between life and death.

With my recent great excitement about getting the basement window sashes restored, I at last turned attentions to the tenuous sash.


The first priority was to consolidate the damaged areas. The damage was far more extensive than can be seen in this image, as it had rotted out the INSIDE of each corner. I used Minwax wood filler and Minwax wood hardener, after filling the gaping holes with small bits of wood. The end result, particularly after a quick disk sanding, looks, well, great! I was also impressed with how solid the frame felt.


And today, after who knows how long, the sash is restored to its rightful place!!!!!!!!


The sash is more obvious in person, and it really helps “finish” off the restored west facade of the house. AND I AM THRILLED BEYOND MEASURE! Click image to enlarge.





  1. Barb Sanford on September 20, 2018 at 8:35 pm


  2. Ken on September 20, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    i remember years ago someone had made a stained glass window for that sash.Then after the house sold back in the eighties it was taken out and the plain glass was placed there.

  3. Jackie on September 21, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Ah, lovely. I wonder what on earth caused the rot though… it’s kind of worrying.

  4. Derek J Walvoord on September 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    That looks great! I love that you restored the window! Kudos to you!

  5. Jonathan W on September 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Is the pulley slot supposed to be exposed in the upper left/round tower? Or is that something else?

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