Fitting the window sills

Fitting the window sills on the front of the house is a slow process, requiring measurement, double-checking the measurement, then trying the fit. Marking up the places that need to be shaved down and then a little work with saw, plane or chisel. The sills are made of white oak, like the originals. They were delivered with a coat of primer, but will soon be painted the original reddish-brown. Noah Woodruff, the master carpenter responsible for this part of the task, uncovered a small oak shim tucked back in underneath the sill, with traces of the original paint. It had been protected from the weather, and has a couple of hand-wrought nails. We expect more of the millwork will be delivered this week, including the original front door. It needed a lot of work, but instead of replacing it, we’re saving as much of the original woodwork as we can.

One Response to “Fitting the window sills”

  1. James M. Love Says:

    The underside of many old window sills have a drip edge. A drip edge allows rainwater to fall at the edge and not migrate back between the generally unpainted wood and stone. Stone has a nasty habit of wicking moisture causing rotting of the sill so it’s a good idea to keep out as much moisture as possible.

    A drip edge can be formed by either sloping downward the underside of the sill or by cutting a small grove along the edge of the sill. Some carpenters will slope the entire sill downward which angles downward both top and bottom of the sill. I’m curious as to whether or not a drip edge was used on the replacement windows? It isn’t clear by looking at the photo.

    p.s. My mother was a Roseberry. Our family thanks everyone for their outstanding work on this historic home.

    p.s. #2 I spent 9 years restoring the John and Elizabeth Dalton House (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) in Ogden, UT.

    86003659 NRIS (National Register Information System)

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