Turns out that taking your nine year old (Kolten) to the shop to help with making wood windows is a lot of fun! Being in the middle of a sash build for a project set the stage for a fun learning experience. I gave him the camera and let him film the lessons. He did a great job. Here's some of what we learned:
Window Terminology. It's important to know the names of what we're making, so we learned about stiles, rails and muntins. We also learned about the joinery terms mortise and tenon.
Joinery. We learned that stiles, rails and muntins connect to one another by using different sized mortises and tenons. We then worked together on the machines to make them.
The Hollow Chisel Mortiser. I introduced Kolten to this machine that makes square holes in a precise way by aligning layout marks and pulling on a handle. I aligned the marks and he pulled the handle for an entire set of sashes.
The Sash Factory. Kolten helped me run the window parts through this machine that cuts profiles and rabbets into the window parts.
The Band Saw. Some of the window parts we make have tenons that are shortened by cutting them on a band saw. We cut these together.
Since we learned so much together and captured it on video, sharing it with you was the obvious thing to do. I hope you enjoy it and learn as much as we did.