May 10, 2020 By Mark
Timber is a nature-given material with a lot of benefits for buildings and other constructions. It has a large strength-weight ration that puts it in the category of materials with the highest capacity to bear their own loads along with other imposed loads. That alone has found timber a primary application in major constructions as well as both secondary and tertiary uses. And when it comes to the secondary application of timber, the first two structures that come to mind are windows and doors. But how timber windows are created from the forest may be intriguing to the layman. That is exactly why I have explained the process in this 5 minutes post.
How Timber Gets From Forest To Your Merchant
- Felling; when an economically matured tree, usually between 40-120 years old, is spotted, the feller uses a felling buncher to fell the tree. At the end of this stage, the tree becomes a log.
- Transportation; the log is eventually left on site and the water content is allowed to evaporate over time. After a short period, the log is split into smaller pieces for transportation to the sawmill or a pallet.
- Cutting; in the sawmill or in a window production factory, the split log is finally shaped into boards and the required sizes for window making with the use of bandsaw or circular saws.
- Seasoning; finally, the timber is seasoned to remove the existing cell water and free water to make it workable for window construction.
Manufacture Of Timber Windows
Now that you have your timber and other needed tools, here is a breakdown of how to make timber windows.
- Pick a design; there are varieties of window designs you can try out. From tilting window to casement window through sliding and pivoting windows. You just have to be decisive about the design you want.
- Measurement; carefully measure the window space from the outside to the inside with the use of a rule. And also measure the dimension of the window space from length to width through breadth. After that, buy 2” thick firm timber in the thickness you have just recorded and cut into the window space dimension.
- Sand; with a 120 grit sanding paper in your sanding system, prep the sized timber for a smooth surface.
- Fix; finally, by following your desired design, join the sized sanded parts with nails and glues. Hardware should be installed in special windows like sliding or sash timber windows.
- Paint or spray; for aesthetics purpose and to make your window last longer, spray or paint mildly then heavily with a quality coat applied using a pressure sprayer.