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How to make wooden casement window frames

Each construction and installation job consists of 3 stages: preparation, creation, and completion of the work process. First, choose the most suitable raw materials for the window replacement and prepare the carpentry tools. Next, wooden windows are made with their own hands, guided by the scheme. Finally, a detailed drawing indicates the overall dimensions of the frame and the size of each part.

There are window companies near me:

  • Simple, old-style (they are also called Soviet). Cheaper to produce, suitable for unheated dacha.

  • Euro windows of "new sample" with double-glazed windows. A double-glazed window provides thermal insulation and soundproofing. Such windows are more expensive but of much higher quality.

We will talk about both types.

The general algorithm of actions:

  1. timber selection

  2. sawing bars - blanks

  3. grooving frame joints

  4. groove milling for glass/glazing

  5. gluing

  6. sanding

  7. hardware and handles installation

  8. glazing or double-glazed unit installation

  9. paint impregnation with antiseptic, varnish treatment

To make a window, you will need:

  • chisel;

  • Drill and screwdriver for screwing screws;

  • glass cutter;

  • hand-held wood router;

  • sanding machine;

  • saw and hammer;

  • tape measure;

  • self-tapping screws and wooden glazing beads;

  • PVA glue (or a more expensive equivalent);

  • putty;

  • antibacterial impregnation (antiseptic).

The choice of wood material

Since you can make a wooden window only from dry or laminated wood (glued beam), choose these materials to manufacture window frames.

Making the window frame from oak, larch or pine is better. If you compare the wood between them, oak has a high cost. Make windows from wood with their own hands qualitatively and inexpensively - it is quite possible, for this you need to choose the suitable material.

Types of materials:

  1. Glued beam. It is a light and durable material that does not warp and has moisture-resistant properties. Such characteristics are due to its multi-layered structure and maximum drying. This material is the most suitable for the manufacture of wooden windows. In this case, the most rational size of the bar is 5×5 cm.

  2. Solid timber. Sometimes the material has cracks and knots, so when buying it, carefully inspect for their presence. In addition, the board can move and change its shape. There is also a risk that during the operation of the frame may crack. Despite its shortcomings, solid timber is a good value for money.

  3. Plywood sheets. This is the cheapest material of poor quality. Plywood tends to absorb moisture and deteriorate quickly. Therefore, the material is used only for windows installed indoors.

Making the frame

To avoid using the expensive services of specialists, you can make a wooden frame for the window with your own hands. As the material, choose a bar 5×5 cm or boards with a section of 5×15 cm. If the size of the window unit is large, prepare a bar with a different cross-section. The profile for the window frame can be of different shapes. It depends on the panes' thickness, number, and size.

The tools will be needed:

  • window corners;

  • carpenter's glue;

  • chisels;

  • saw and hammer.

Homemade frames are best made of glued wooden bars, as this material is considered the most suitable for their construction. You can use solid wood material, but the structure may eventually lose shape or crack under moisture. The technology of making wooden frames:

  1. First, the window frame is made, and then the exact dimensions of the frame are calculated. In the prepared board with a section of 5×15, make a groove in the form of the letter "G." Such a shape will help make the construction airtight.

  2. Then prepare the window frame, for this board is sawn into four parts. Ready-made parts of the structure are connected. Connecting the features does the method of studs and grooves because all the options are the most reliable.

  3. You can use a chisel, saw, and hammer to carve the grooves quickly and qualitatively. The mortise is placed on the flat side of the frame, and the tracks are on the vertical.

  4. Parts are smeared with joinery glue and connected at an angle of 90°.

  5. For a secure fit, frame corners are reinforced with window corners.

  6. After the glue dries, make a movable part of the frame; for this, use a bar with a smaller cross-section than the box. Should get a gap of 1-2 mm. This is necessary so that the window sashes can freely open and close. Finished parts are connected by the method of the window frame.

To make a wooden frame for a window with your own hands, you need a bar with a six × 4 cm section.

What you need to know when making wooden frames:

  1. If it is planned to install single-chamber glazing, two grooves of rectangular shape are made in the window frame. They are necessary for glazing and fixing inside the box.

  2. For double glazing, an additional groove is made. It is necessary for the installation of the second Glass.

  3. If the size of the glazing bead is 1 cm, then choose Glass with a thickness of 4 mm and a groove of rectangular shape.

  4. On homemade products, mount standard - utilizing "tongue and groove ."For total fixation, use carpentry glue. This will provide additional immobility to the product.

Their heads are fully recessed into the wood if self-tapping screws are used as additional fixation instead of glue. This is necessary to ensure that the sashes open and close unhindered.

Option 1 - install glazing by yourself - (old-style windows)

A more economical option, where you do not need to buy a ready-made insulating glass unit, slightly loses heat and sound insulation.

To install Glass in the window frame, you need to prepare the necessary tools and materials. Glass is sensitive material, and in the process of work, protective gloves are used not to cut yourself. Of the tools and materials you will need:

  • glass;

  • tape measure;

  • glass cutter;

  • ruler;

  • transparent sealant.

Before cutting the Glass, you need to decide on the necessary dimensions. Use a tape measure to measure the distance between the slots in the frame. Since wood tends to shrink and expand during temperature fluctuations, the Glass should be cut 4 mm less than these figures. Otherwise, it may break if compressed. The process of cutting and installing the Glass:

  1. The material is placed on a table or other horizontal surface.

  2. It is covered with a cloth, and marks are made according to the dimensions.

  3. First, a cut is made from the short side of the Glass, then from the long side.

  4. A ruler is attached to the marks along which a single amount is made with the glass cutter.

  5. The Glass is placed with the cut line on the table's edge and gently pressed. It breaks into two parts.

  6. Small pieces of Glass (0.5 to 0.20 cm) are bitten off with pliers.

You can contact a particular glass cutting service to avoid cutting the Glass yourself. First, silicone sealant is applied to the edge of the frame, and then the Glass is inserted. On top, mount the glazing bars and fix them with nails.

This video clearly shows how to make a simple window with Glass with your own hands (without double glazing).

Option 2 - install ready-made insulating glass unit - (windows of the new type)

You need a colorless sealant to fix the prefabricated insulating glass unit in the wooden frame. It will not be visible and will not spoil the window's appearance.

After the window is ready, it is installed in the window opening. It is not difficult to do, but when installing, you need to consider the type of opening and the material from which the house was built. Rules for installing a euro window in a brick and concrete room:

  1. The opening into which the glass unit is installed must be level and clean. Use a level to check the geometry of the door and all the rough places are aligned.

  2. Double-glazed wooden windows are installed in the opening and fastened with screws. Fixings are made at a distance of 70-80 cm from each other. Do not use mounting foam and nails for fixing.

  3. The window will lose its characteristics if there are gaps between the glass unit and the box. To avoid this happens during the installation of the window-treated sealant.

  4. All gaps and holes are filled with assembly foam. It will protect the room from dust, dirt, and penetration of cold air inside.

  5. When the foam hardens, it is cut with a knife, from the outside of the replaced section glued tape, set over the trim. This protects it from destruction.

To ensure high performance, windows are insulated using Swedish technology. The method got its name thanks to the Eurotrip material, which the Swedes chose. According to the level of heat saving, the groove insulation of wooden windows is not inferior to the steeplejack PVC. The manufacturer produces three types of sealant: silicone, rubber, and thermoplastic elastomer.

Installation of hinges, handles, and fittings

Window hardware is a set of mechanisms that allows the window opening to work correctly and controls the functionality of the glazing unit. For example, several types of hinges can be installed on a wooden window. Which one to choose depends on the features of the window frame.

Hinges made of plastic and wood are installed on small, lightweight structures. For heavier models, use metal ones. A hole is drilled in the bottom and top of the window frame to install the hinges and in the sash. The hinges are mounted on the edge, aligned on the axis, and fastened. Next, the window sash is placed on the finished hinges. When making a wooden profile for windows with their own hands, holes are made in the frame to install the handle. Finally, the product is inserted into it and screwed down with screws.

Impregnation with antiseptic, varnish, and painting

External factors such as humidity, insects, and sunlight strongly affect wooden windows. To extend the window's life, it is treated with sealant, varnish, or paint. This treatment consists of four steps:

  1. Before painting, a wooden window should be impregnated with an antiseptic. It will protect the wood from the appearance of fungus.

  2. When the window dries, it grinds with abrasives.

  3. After sanding, the window is covered with water-emulsion primer.

  4. On top of the primer is applied a color varnish or paint. If the coating is translucent, the wood is varnished. If the layer is covering, then the stain.

To make a wooden window, you need to get acquainted with the construction technology and prepare all the necessary tools for work. Thus you can assemble a window construction and glaze the country house or cottage on your own.

Making wooden frames with your hands is difficult because the profile must be prepared, strictly observing all dimensions. In addition, the window system's elements must fit tightly; only then will the product be airtight.

Sills are also challenging to produce. Correctly make them can people who have experience working with wood. It is best to cut elements on particular machines; the windows will last long. However, not everyone has machines, so it is better to stop at the most straightforward project home. Of course, the homemade product will not be airtight, but it will do for the glazing of dachas, balconies, and summer kitchens.

Stage of preparatory work

How to make windows with your own hands, spending a minimum of effort? The manufacturing process consists of the following stages:

  1. Selection of a suitable profile. Purchase of building materials.

  2. Manufacturing the frame and frame.

  3. Installation of the window units. Glazing.

At the preparatory stage, it will be necessary to choose Glass. It can be ordinary sheet glass, which is well suited for dacha windows. In addition, you can install prefabricated double-glazed windows in wooden frames.

Each of the selected options has its advantages. For example, it is possible to choose and buy cheap materials in the first case. And the use of double-glazed windows in wooden frames is different in that such windows will significantly reduce heat loss.

When making double-glazed windows, manufacturers pump inert gas into the space between the sheets of Glass. Such windows can be used to glaze the cottage and country house.

Window frames can be made of larch. Oak is also famous, but it is much more challenging to process. A good option would be to create structures from Angara pine. Although even novice builders can work with glued beams, products made of this material will last at least 50 years.

It is necessary to buy the drawings in advance. The simplest option, which will suit beginner builders, can be called the production of windows with double frames and single glazing. For carpentry work, the following tools will be required:

  • hammer;

  • saw;

  • chisel.

The work will be done faster if you have an electric planer and router.

In our article, you can read about the different woodworking tools with their own hands.

How to make a window so that it will last a long time? Much depends on the quality of the material. Only dry wood is suitable for the work. It should be carefully inspected at the construction site. There must be no knots so then the frame will not crack. Glued material will be a good option. To make your window, you will need a drawing, Glass, metal corners, and joinery glue.

The glued beam is good because it is almost not amenable to deformation. Therefore, a frame made of this material will not change shape even with high humidity. Window frames can be made of 50x150 mm boards and 50x50 mm bars. Also, all wooden structures are treated with antiseptic. This prevents rotting.

The factory window profile has a complex structure, making it challenging for beginners to repeat it. Therefore, it is easier to use the most straightforward design. For example, plywood can be used to create a window profile. First, it is necessary to staple four strips as a rectangle. Then, several rectangles are assembled to make the profile. So you can make a blank frame or a window with 3 or 2 panes.

Eight strips of plywood will be needed to make a frame with one pane, forming two rectangles. Strips of 2 layers make a smaller width. Self-tapping wood screws are used to connect the parts. All construction parts are smeared with joinery glue, and the frame will last many years.

How to make a box out of boards

The material you will need depends on the size of the windows. First, you need to make a box; on it, the frame will be installed. The box protects it from deformation during the shrinkage of the building. All elements are made of dry board and should be without cracks. It is processed with sandpaper, allowing you to remove small burrs. Then draw a marking and cut out parts of the structure.

In performing the work, it is essential to pay attention to the outer perimeter of the product. First, it should be about 3 cm less than the size of the window opening in the wall. Next, you should look at the inner perimeter, which should be about 3 mm more extensive than the size of the frame.

All elements of the box are connected to the principle of groove-ship. You can make it with a mill or a hacksaw. To work, you will need a chisel and a mallet. The spike is driven on the part you plan to install in an upright position. The groove is cut on the element installed in the window opening horizontally.

Next, it is necessary to take sandpaper and thoroughly clean all elements. Next, the box is assembled on the floor or another flat surface. Next, the tongue and groove are lubricated with the carpenter's glue, increasing the installation's strength. Finally, it is necessary to ensure that all window parts are connected at 90 °. To do this, a metal corner is used.

To give the structure more rigidity, the box diagonally drills two holes. This should be done in those places where the fastening occurs on the type of tongue and groove. Next, with the help of a mallet, put pins of wood (so the right angle is fixed). All pins are pre-lubricated with carpentry glue. It must dry, so the box should be left for some time. The next step is to make the window frame.

Window frame assembly

The size of the window determines its configuration. Deciding for the first time to make a window frame from wood, it should be taken into account that it is easiest to produce standard products. For the product to be high quality and to last for a long time, it is necessary to buy laminated pine lumber. It is less susceptible to torsion, an undeniable advantage of this material.

It is crucial to choose the right type of glazing. It can be double or single. The first is often used in harsh climates, and such windows are installed in houses. For summer, kitchens and balconies are enough to make a window with single glazing. Experienced artisans make them in 1 day.

The work begins with marking bars, and you need to choose slots on them. The easiest way to do this is with a mill, and it is set on an electric drill. Next, the lower spaces are needed to install the frame in the box profile, and the upper will be required to install the Glass. Finally, the joints should be glued with joinery glue.

Assemble the window frame should follow the drawing; the process is similar to the box assembly. When the work is complete, the window frame should be placed on the floor until the glue dries completely.

To properly install self-made windows, you must cut holes in the wall in advance. In addition, it is vital to remove construction debris and dirt.

It is necessary to drill holes in the walls; dowels will be placed in them. The pitch between the holes should not exceed 80 mm.

The highest quality fixing is achieved by using self-tapping screws. When the box is installed, all the gaps should be "blown out" with assembly foam. You can use other insulating materials.

When installing windows, it is crucial to observe the geometry. The corners should be strictly 90°, the deviation not more than 1 mm per 1 m.

Glass cutting.

  1. The material is laid on a flat surface without bumps. This is crucial because fragile material can crack on an uneven surface. A table is suitable for the work.

  2. A marking is made. Then it is necessary to put a ruler on the glass.

  3. The glass cutter should be pressed against the material and then moved across the glass along the ruler. A solid scratch should be left on the fabric.

  4. Slide the glass to the table's edge, placing it so that the cut line coincides with the edge.

  5. The part of the glass on the table should be held with one hand, and the other should press lightly on the part hanging over the floor. The pressure should be increased until the glass breaks along the line drawn by the glass cutter.

It is best to practice on an old piece of Glass beforehand and then cut out the new one.

There is another option for glazing. First, you must take measurements and order the glass cutting in the workshop. When the work is done, the material should be picked up, brought to the dacha site, and inserted into the frame.

Glass installation.

  1. The sheet is placed in the frame. Then it is taken out, and silicone sealant is applied along its edges. The Glass is put in place.

  2. They were fixing the glazing bead. Each element of the frame must be measured. Glazing beads are cut, and the ends are sawed at an angle of 45°.

  3. Silicone sealant is applied to the Glass where the glazing bead will be installed, then nailed with small nails.

As a result of silicone sealant and glazing beads, the Glass will be securely fixed in the frame, and there will be no gaps. When installing the windows, it is vital to ensure that all openings are blown out with installation foam. If they are not removed, they will form cold bridges.

Working with Glass and wood should not forget about protection. For example, hands should be covered with gloves, and eyes when cutting Glass should be covered with special glasses.

Installing the finished glass unit in the frame, you should not forget about installing the window sill. Again, it can be made of different materials. When the windows are securely fixed in the opening, they are coated with primer and then painted. Any paint can be used on the room side, but it is worth using a color resistant to temperature changes to paint the side facing the street.


A window made of wood with your own hands can be made in a few days if you choose the simplest model. It is essential to take the dimensions correctly. To avoid mistakes, it is worth focusing on old frames. Frames are made of well-dried wood. Usually, pine is used in construction, but you can use oak and laminated lumber.

Making a window that is not inferior in quality to the products on sale is unlikely to succeed even with a professional. The reason is simple: the design of the wooden window should be as accurate as possible, including the frame and sash - a deviation of a few millimeters threatens major problems with insulation. However, creating a more straightforward design for many is entirely possible.

Wooden windows produced in factories today are almost identical to plastic windows except for the material used. They are pretty complex in design due to the possibility of opening sashes in two planes. If you manufacture the frame, it is better to simplify the construction, replacing all the engineering frills with an ordinary rectangle of bars.

The process of manufacturing the frame is made in several stages:

  • profile selection, procurement of materials;

  • frame fabrication;

  • installation and glazing of the window unit.

Choosing the profile

First, you should find out whether you plan to use ordinary sheet glass or double-glazed windows in the future wooden frames. Each option has its advantages: In the first case, it is a low cost and the possibility of self-cutting; the second is lower thermal conductivity.

One of the features of double-glazed windows is a particular inert gas that the manufacturer injects between the individual sheets. Over time, its concentration may decrease. Therefore, do not panic beforehand - heat loss through the window, if and will increase, will not be noticeable minimally.

The so-called Finnish Euro-window (Scandinavian) is a unique hybrid variant. It includes sheet glass and a two or 3-chamber double-glazed window. Such an approach allows for achieving high thermal insulation.

The simplest and, at the same time, most reliable and popular solution today is the variant with a pair of glasses, between which there is an air layer of 2 cm or more. Another option is to make wooden windows with single glazing and double frame with your own hands.

Choice of material

Most often, for the manufacture of wooden frames, pine is used. This is a practical, easy to handle, and inexpensive material. Alternatively, you can also use oak, but for the first experience, it will be too expensive.

Whatever material is chosen, the timber must be thoroughly dried. On its surface, there must not be any flaws: knots, cracks, or other damages - from low-quality material, the manufacture of windows is impossible.

Making the frame

The main nuance of manufacturing wooden frames is preserving shape and geometry during assembly - prepared drawings will help. The bar for the work is chosen based on the planned thickness of the Glass. The minimum size of the section is 60x40 mm. To create the grooves, an electric planer or milling machine is used. Specialists recommend that beginners practice on small pieces to make a vertical or horizontal cut before starting work.

Before you start work, you should carefully take all measurements. If possible, it is better to delegate this work to professionals - a millimeter deviation can lead to undesirable consequences; making a wooden window, in this case, will not work. The ends are filed at an angle of 45 degrees.

Assembling the elements of the wooden double-glazed window with their own hands is made on joinery glue. Then, holes are made in the corners, into which wood rods are inserted and smeared with glue to give additional strength. Finally, a slot is hammered out with a router to strengthen further the connecting elements, into which a dowel is inserted. As a result, the structure should become immobile, so the homemade binding was almost monolithic.

As an alternative, you can use the tongue-and-groove connection. However, working with it can be much more labor-intensive since it requires high accuracy. Therefore, the abovementioned option is most often used to manufacture wooden windows. After that, window fabrication moves on to the final stage.

Installation of the frame

The wood frame is installed with their hands in a pre-prepared hole in the wall. The opening should first be prepared: level it and remove all dirt and construction debris. In the walls are ready holes for dowels at intervals of up to 80 cm. Fixing the box is carried out with self-drilling screws; later, the gaps are sealed with assembly foam or other insulating materials.

In the process, it is imperative to comply with the geometry of wooden windows: angles of 90 degrees, deviation in the flatness of not more than 1 mm per 1 m, and the difference in diagonals to 10 mm.


This is followed by the placement of insulating glass units in wooden frames. The main nuance is the exact choice of dimensions because constructing a wooden window does not allow for deviations. A millimeter deviation will create so-called cold bridges, which lead to highly negative consequences. Also, it would help if you did not neglect safety techniques; you must wear gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.

For cutting, according to tradition, a diamond glass cutter is used, and polishing is done with fine-grained sandpaper. The technique is simple - we measure the required size, put a ruler along the straight line, and move the glass cutter along it. After cutting, you should check whether the Glass is suitable; if so, you will only have to install it in the frame, remembering to use sealant. Finally, fasten the Glass in the frame with a glazing bead - making wooden windows with double-glazed windows, you should take care of it in advance.


To paint wooden windows with their own hands is not particularly difficult. First, however, it is necessary to remember the following nuances:

  • If this was not done before assembly, the binding, ready for painting, should be treated with antiseptic. Particular attention should be paid to the ends, as it is through them the pest most often penetrates the wood.

  • Before you start painting, the surface should be necessarily primed. This is done in two ways: firstly, the primer will help reduce paint consumption, and secondly, it will play the role of antiseptic, increasing the window's life.

  • Painting is recommended to produce a brush, and the procedure is carried out in several layers.

  • For the exterior side, it is recommended to use special paint for exterior work, but for the room side, you can use any color.

Euro windows are superior to the outdated two-frame design in all respects except cost. By making such windows with your own hands, you can save money.

The first association when mentioning euro windows is single or double chamber PVC constructions in white. These windows are in most apartments and private homes, replacing the outdated frame structures. The alternative to plastic windows, which is inferior to wooden ones in environmental friendliness, but superior in performance characteristics - is wooden Euro windows. They have impressive parameters good look, and they are "friendly" to the environment. Moreover, unlike the plastic one, the wooden window box with the proud prefix "Euro" can be made by yourself. Making wooden windows with your hands is common for many FORUM HOUSE users.


  • Euro-window - what it is and how to do

  • Wooden windows with their own hands

  • Materials, tools, drawings, a connection of elements

  • Corner molds

  • Chamfering, assembling, finishing

Euro window - what it is and how to do it

A Euro window is a construction consisting of a frame, glazing, and perimeter hardware controlled by a handle.

Perimeter fittings are prefabricated fittings consisting of several parts mounted along the entire perimeter of the profile. It provides multi-point sash locking through a handle, allowing maximum tightness and preventing blowing. With this fittings window, having an opening strap can operate in two modes - rotary and tilt-turn. In twist mode, the window opens only by turning; when combined - the window sash opens and tilts.

The fundamental constructive difference between the "Euro" from conventional windows is a single frame, which can be a few glass units. The main technical characteristic of euro windows is a complete tightness achieved utilizing different sealants. Thermal conductivity will depend on the number of air chambers, the type of Glass in the double-glazed unit, and the correct installation of the window. Therefore, the material from which the profile is made does not play a significant role, important functional design, and its characteristics.

Wooden windows with their own hands

Manufacturing a wooden euro window will require certain financial investments - the cost of wood, components, and equipment. Window glazing is also easier to order from professionals, although some craftsmen and this unit manage to collect independently. But given the impressive cost of the finished product, which relates to the elite, and therefore quite expensive products, savings will be solid. If we are talking about building a new house or the total glazing of the old ones, the difference can amount to tens of thousands.

Materials, tools, and drawings connecting the elements

Windows are constantly exposed to external influences and temperature differences inside and outside, which inevitably leads to changes in the structure's geometry when it comes to wood. To minimize possible warping, frames and sashes are not made of solid timber but glued wood. You can buy ready-made if there are reliable suppliers, or you can glue it yourself. In the second case, a billet of at least three lamellae is assembled, so the fibers are directed in opposite directions. If possible, choose the wood radial sawing; tangential "leads" are more robust. For gluing, should use unique, moisture-resistant compounds.

The bar section is chosen based on the number of windows - a window with one chamber is usually used bar 6x4 cm. In terms of production in the frame, choose grooves for the insulating glass unit and the external seals, as well as under the internal. One of the former manufacturers of wooden euro windows shared his drawings, simplified obtaining high-class construction, almost as good as ready-made. The graphics are pretty suitable for making a window with your own hands.

Because professional equipment is not everyone, and its purchase will nullify all the savings and is justified only to make windows for sale, home masters choose the grooves for insulating Glass, external seals, and fittings.

It should be noted that a self-made window from wood, utterly similar to the factory product, will be challenging. The reason is not in the inability to work with joinery tools but in the fact that the frame profile is very complicated, and a deviation of even a couple of millimeters will lead to problems in the work of the window mechanism.

Nevertheless, making window frames from wood with your own hands is quite possible. It will only be necessary to simplify the construction slightly, which is described in more detail below in the article.

Modern factory wooden windows do not differ from metal-plastic windows (except for the material used). However, the frame's shape is quite complex because almost the same hardware is used for metal-plastic windows; that is, a sash of such a window can open in two planes and will also be guaranteed its reliable clamping to the frame.

When making a wooden frame for a window, we can advise simplifying the construction a bit. By and large, the structure will be a simple rectangle of connected wooden bars. The geometry of the cross-section will be such that you can either install ready-made insulating Glass or use sheet glass.

There is no need to fixate on wood, and it is quite possible to use a window sill made of other materials, such as plastic, together with the wooden frame. Attaching a plastic window sill to a wooden frame is described below.

The technology of making a frame out of wood

The whole process is more convenient to break down into stages:

  • First, you need to decide on the profile and prepare the materials because, in addition to lumber, you will also need a desiccant, Glass or glazing unit, sealant, screws, glazing beads, etc.;

  • Then the most crucial stage in the production of the frame itself. It can be called the most responsible stage because even a few millimeters of misalignment will cause a lot of trouble in the future;

  • Then the glazing and installation of the window unit are performed.

Choosing the best design

To begin with, it is necessary to decide whether sheet glass or double-glazed windows will be used.

You can find drawings of window frames made of wood for any of the proposed options, so it is no extra information on the strengths and weaknesses of sheet glass and insulating glass units:

  • Sheet glass - has a low cost (compared with double-glazed Glass), it can be easily cut yourself, and if damaged, it can be replaced without problems. Of the disadvantages, you can note a lower strength and that the window with sheet glass will have more heat loss.

Most often, the production of wooden window frames with their own hands is done for installation in the country house when there is no desire to spend money to buy ready-made window units. In this case, you can choose a relatively simple construction using ordinary sheet glass.

As for the frame construction, a simple but reliable solution can be considered the variant using two panes of glass with the thickness of the air layer between them not less than 2 cm. Alternatively, you can use a double frame with single-glazed panes in each of them.

Making the frame

It is vitally important when making the frame to ensure that when it is assembled, it retains its geometry and does not warp. For this reason, it is advisable to use glued laminated timber of a section of roughly 50x50 mm.

Wooden frames for the window with their own hands will have a relatively simple transverse profile. On the inside, you will need to select the wood to be able to install the Glass, with the bottom of the selection made for the convenience of mounting the frame.

On the left is a variant for one Glass, and on the right - is for the installation of two glasses.

The work begins with marking out the prepared lumber.

The connection in the corners can be made in 2 ways:

  • using a tongue and groove pattern, a high degree of precision is required when cutting ridges and grooves;

  • You are using a dovetail joint. In this case, you first have to see the ends of the frame sides at a 45ᵒ angle, then the elements are connected, and the position of the dovetail is marked. With a particular router, a groove is selected on both pieces, placed one against the other, and the key is inserted into the groove. For extra strength, you can smear the joint with carpentry glue.

Given the labor-intensive nature of the dovetail joint, and the desired cutter may not be on hand, the joint tongue-and-groove is used more often.

While the glue is drying, fixing the frame with metal corners is not superfluous. In principle, glued beam holds its shape well, but reinsuring is better.

After the glue dries, you can move on to installing fittings, glazing, and its induction into the box. Glasses will be fixed by the usual glazing bars, and to ensure the tightness of the space between the panes, you can put sealant on the contact area between the glass and the frame.

Self-made wooden window frames do not do without glazing beads. They can be fixed with ordinary small nails, or you can fix them with self-tapping screws. Since the glazing bead surface will be visible, you can paint their heads after the work is done; although it will be challenging to find them later, it is a minor problem.

This is the simplest example of making wooden window frames yourself. The structure's design can be more complicated, providing for the installation of a window vent, some use a compressor to pump air into the space between the panes, but the sequence of operations remains the same.

During the installation of the window will need to install and window sill, not just the frame. However, it is allowed to combine different materials so that you can use an ordinary plastic window sill.

Its installation is carried out in this sequence:

  • First, the desired shape is cut out of the purchased window sill;

  • Then the window sill is slightly pushed under the frame. At the bottom, it must be secured in the designed position with wooden wedges.

Naturally, when building a house or during its overhaul will be pretty foolish to expect that without absolutely no experience and practice, you can make a window frame with your own hands, and not just one, but all that is required. However, it is worth a try if you need windows for a veranda, barn, or other outbuildings since great intelligence is unnecessary. Although, of course, the basic rules you need to learn, like holy scripture, are to observe the tightness and correctly calculate the geometry of the window frame unit, you will understand in the course of the work. Still, it is worth a good preparation, without which you can hardly cope.


In manufacturing a window frame with their own hands, the most challenging thing is to make a profile for the structure from an ordinary bar. Here necessarily need special equipment, without which it is challenging to do all the work qualitatively. Because it is imperative to have a hand full of everything you need even before you start the job, otherwise you can lose a lot of time but still not achieve more or less acceptable results.

It is worth understanding that wood is a perfect godsend for humanity; it is incredibly pliable and perfectly amenable to processing, reliable, durable, and can provide a unique microclimate in the room, saving heat while not cutting off the free movement of air masses. Therefore, making wooden window frames should be thought out in advance to choose correctly and acquire materials, raw materials, and tools, and only after that can you get down to work. Of course, such a quality processing of wood, as well as such a quality assembly, as in the manufacture, we can hardly achieve, but to obtain a result of wooden window frames not bad quality is possible if you strictly follow the technology, which we will tell.

Choosing the suitable material: wooden window frames with their own hands

Naturally, the easiest way is to go to the store with your measurements and choose or order a window unit from a master, who will do exactly as needed. But this is the easiest way, which handy folk artisans try to bypass. To begin with, figuring out how to make a window frame with your own hands, it is necessary to pay special and close attention to the choice of material because the strength, reliability, and functionality of the entire structure may depend on its right choice. Among other things, different types of wood also do not have the same durability, so be sure to think.

To begin with, understand that window frames made of wood with their own hands can be removable Glass, but without problems, you can construct and own an airtight glass unit. It will take a little longer and more effort, but nothing is exorbitantly complicated. It is to consider all such nuances and choose the right type of wood so they do not bite your elbows and do not sprinkle your head with ashes.

  • The most expensive, and as they say, the elite material of the wooden frame for the window with their own hands is oak, firm as a rock and durable, almost like a stone. However, you should be prepared because the material can already cost almost more than a metal-plastic construction assembly. After all, oak windows are always in price. You should only take oak if you are entirely confident in the result and have sufficient experience with this kind of wood.

  • To avoid the confusion of making a window frame at home and not spoiling the cosmically expensive material, you can take birch, which is perfectly amenable to processing while being able to last for decades without problems. It costs much less than oak and has a beautiful light shade and excellent wood grain, but it can be challenging to get it.

  • The most throwaway and affordable material for everyone is, of course, pine. Thinking for the first time about making a window frame out of wood yourself, it is worth choosing a pine beam. Such wood is easy, effortless to handle, and will last quite a long time, mainly when used correctly.

It should be understood that most frame window structures made of wood are pine, so do not think this is a bad option. Among other things, there is on sale and glued beam, which is treated in advance with unique compounds against shrinkage and warping. This particular bar also prevents the emergence and growth of mold and mildew, even in high humidity, which significantly prolongs the life of the window systems and blocks.

How to make a frame for a window with your own hands: the necessary tools and equipment

Before making the frame for the window yourself, as already mentioned, it is necessary to acquire special equipment; however, such is usually available to those who have previously worked with wood. And here is enough to correctly and accurately perform all the steps to get a workable output construction. So, what will it take to get from an ordinary or glued beam profile and then build a window out of it? It is also essential to correctly make drawings and how to make a window frame with your own hands because it will depend on whether the bracket you made fits the opening, and it is not easy.

  • An electric saw, as well as its most common "cousin."

  • A circular saw, as well as an electric planer because, with an ordinary manual, one can suffer a long and tedious time. However, our ancestors worked exactly with hand tools and did not suffer from this.

  • A manual wood milling machine will be just necessary when working through the grooves and fastening design elements.

  • Painting knife, screwdrivers, scraper, and other carpentry stuff, which, however, may not be helpful at all.

  • Glazing beads are better to buy in a store, and you should choose the same species of wood which will be made frame.

  • A construction gun, a bottle of silicone sealant, and carpentry glue.

  • A meter or tape measure, ideally with a laser level, and a pencil or marker for marking.

When everything is ready, do not forget that you need drawings of window frames with your own hands; otherwise, it will be impossible to work at random. First, you need to determine the dimensions and carefully measure the opening, consider whether it already has a box or will also have to do it yourself. However, making a box will not take much time and effort. Still, a typical drawing of a window for a summerhouse or veranda, we have given you a little above to facilitate the work significantly.

The original window frame with their hands step by step: nothing complicated.

When all the tools are collected and prepared, and the materials are purchased, it is time to proceed to the work itself, that is, to produce the window unit with their own hands. It is worth noting that the gaps between the frame and sashes should not exceed two millimeters; otherwise, your entire design will be wrong, from the windows will blow, and you have to deal with sealing immediately, but why such difficulties if you can do everything at once qualitatively. Be sure to watch the video posted at the end of the article on making a window frame with their own hands to clarify all the details and nuances of this fully; it's not an easy case.

Making a box, if there is no box: all brilliant is simple

You must make it yourself if no box is built into the wall where your window will be installed. It ensures that the load from the weight of the walls does not fall on the fragile window frames, which is quite dangerous. Nothing complicated here for sure will be; everything is simple; you need an ordinary box according to the dimensions you have to measure yourself.

  • Take a board or bar with a cross-section of 15x5 centimeters, which will be enough to make a box.

  • In the workpiece, choose a slot, a depth of one and a half centimeters, in the form of a letter G.

  • Initially, connect the parts of the design using regular carpentry glue.

  • Next, holes are drilled in the corners to a depth of three centimeters, into which wooden dowels are inserted to firmly fasten the structure at an angle of 90 standard degrees (right angle).

Mount the box to the wall so that it was completely immobile. It is necessary to drill holes where the anchors or dowels are inserted and screw the box. All the gaps are recommended to blow out the installation foam, which is entirely appropriate if you later do not forget about the heat and waterproofing.

To begin with, you need to know that in work, you will need a unique bar, 6x4 centimeters in cross-section, and maybe even more. Here it all depends on the primary size of the window unit. Profile shape for the frame can vary; here, it all depends on the expected number of panes, their original thickness, and the size bought in advance, factory glazing bars.

Need to know

The more prominent the area you get the window unit as a whole, the larger; that is, the larger cross-section bar should be chosen. The frames may skew considerably from their weight and the weight of the Glass, and this should be foreseen in advance so as not to remake the entire construction.

  • The single-glazed version of the window profile will have two rectangular slots needed for installation in the box and glazing.

  • If the profile is supposed to have two panes, it is necessary to make an additional groove for the second pane.

  • Under the centimeter, glazing beads must choose a rectangular groove with four millimeters of glass thickness.

  • From the profile with pre-made slots will be collected frame; for this, it is necessary to mark, carefully measure, and the volume is cut at an angle of 45 degrees.

  • It is necessary to make a fastener "tongue and groove" of the standard type and plant it on the joiner's glue for excellent reliability and to ensure the immobility of the structure.

You can also additionally secure the frame with self-tapping screws. However, here you will have to make sure that their heads go into the wood flush; otherwise, they will interfere with the closing and opening of the sashes, and this is unacceptable.

When all the work on the frame is complete, you will only have to insert the Glass in the design, and then you can engage in mounting the window unit in a box in the wall. You can and should read on the website how to properly organize the process of installing a wooden window. Correct and accurate measuring and cutting of the Glass will ensure the absence of thermal bridges through the tight connection of the Glass to the wood.

  • It is imperative to observe safety precautions, so when working with Glass, you must immediately wear special gloves. Goggles do not hurt, so the glass dust does not get into the eye.

  • The glass should be cut with an error of not more than one millimeter, and all edges should be processed by sandpaper with a small stone.

  • Pre-attempted, the Glass is inserted on the sealant-soaked frame, just in the groove explicitly selected for this purpose. Remains of the sealant must be removed immediately with a clean cloth; otherwise, it will be difficult to remove it later when it dries.

  • If the window consists of a pair of pants, then the middle part of the frame will need to screw a special wooden impost, which should also be made, like a frame, with all the necessary grooves.

  • The opening sashes are made from a thinner bar and are attached to the mainframe utilizing hinges. On this sash, the handle will need to be fixed, and on the opposite part of the frame, select the appropriate groove for the latch.

A manufactured window unit will only be placed in the box and fastened securely, as indicated in the article on the link above; there is nothing complicated for a person with some skill here. However, do not forget to reliably seal all the gaps to ensure reliable protection from wind and precipitation and the emergence of drafts inside the room.

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