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Old 09-28-2012, 11:44 PM   #16
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:11 AM   #19
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Here is the kind of setup I have made for bending wood on renovation projects. Clunky but it works. Obviously more important are the jigs once you get it to the point it will bend. I would definitely use weather grade epoxy for the lamination.

http://www.mmfww.com/_blog/Woodworki..._Easy_to_make/

To be honest, I like the scarfing idea for the frames better. Rather a waste of wood but you could groove a piece of hardwood with a dado blade to make it bendable too. May need some combination of techniques with a 7' window.

I don't think any wood is in your future if you want the windows to pivot open. My guess is you will need shaped stainless or something.

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:06 PM   #20
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This is my first post on this site, so if I get anything wrong I am happy to be guided. I make my living by making round wooden windows, either opening or fixed. If you look at my site, roundwoodenwindows.co.uk you will see what I do. I am sure a dedicated DIYer could make one and if you contact me via my website we can discus your project. All the opening windows shown on my site have surface mounted hinges that I make myself but I would suggest that without access to a large CNC Router you would be better off making a traditional style round pivot window, I have just made an oval one for a client and it has the advantage that it consists of two plain circular frames and the rebates are formed by applied beadings. See pic attached. Again, I made my own pivot hinges, they are not difficult. BTW I sometimes make my windows from offcuts from my friends large woodwork shop, this may not be possible for you because for a 5ft dia window you will need pieces of wood about 25-1/2x5ins for the outer frame, and 24x4ins for the inner frame. I finger joint 8 segments together to make each circle, or hoop, I then skim these to 7/8" thick and laminate them together to make the blank from which I cut the frame, you certainly end up with plenty of firewood. The frames made this way are incredibly strong and 5ft would be no problem, I have made plenty of 4ft ones. My advice is, go for it!
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nice craftsmanship, look forward to reading your posts, nice having someone with your background on here
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Hi Bodkin: Gorgeous work - thanks for hopping in! I don't think I'd be able to afford using all the solid hunks of hardwood to create the window segments, and am leaning strongly toward lamination. What do you think about that?

sdsester: Yes, a waterproof epoxy is what I would use to do the laminating. Thanks for the link describing how to make a wood steamer - very clever and highly workable.

I envisioned the pivot hardware to be stainless steel "T's," with the tops of the T shaped in a curve to follow the window shape. There would be stainless steel hole plates to receive the stem parts of the T's. I even imagine the top T stem (sticking up from the top of the window) would be spring loaded, so the window could be inserted into the opening, making the installation as easy as possible.
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Hi Obi,
Definitely laminate, it is what I do all the time. The pic I attached did not show the laminations very well, I have attached a different one this time showing a part machined window which shows the construction better, the segments are finger jointed before laminating. The oval window was laminated from offcuts, maximum thickness 1", cost 30$. The epoxy will cost more, well it would in the UK! I have made some very nice windows from recycled pitch pine floorboards, you can often reclaim short sections from boards that are damaged and useless as floor boards. Pivots are easier horizontal rather than vertical, it is difficult to stop rain penetrating if the window pivots about the vertical, for large windows you could use what we call security bolts and what you call rack bolts, see picture, They are available on Amazon.com for a few dollars. The solid brass bolt is nearly 1/2" diameter and all you need is a corresponding hole for it to pivot in, you could make the hole in a section of nylon rod, say 1-1/2" dia by 3/8" thick.

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Bodkin: Thanks for your interest in my project and your advice! I have some questions about the picture you posted. How were you able to cut the individual segments of the frame into such nice curves? When I said “laminate,” I meant taking thin strips of wood, forming them into a circle, and gluing layers of these together to eventually form a solid glu-lam circle. In thinking about it, your way would seem to be better, but I’m not sure how I would cut those segments (hence my first question).

Also, in the picture, I noticed that “work-in-progress” had flat, straight segments still showing. To make the inside opening fully round, how would you cut those flat segments to attain the nice, inner circle? Would you use a saber saw, a hand saw, or (?)

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