Help me change screened in porch to glassed in?
I have a screened in porch that is made with modular panels that are made from wood that is simply held together via brackets. These might even be cheap, old wooden screen doors without knobs/handles.
The screens are pushed against quarter round that goes all across the top, and sides on the inside of the porch, and on the outside it is simply held in by little turny things (pic).
I would love to upgrade this to a glassed in porch made with tempered glass held in by wood.
The existing panels outer dimensions are 84.75 tall x 24.25 wide x 1" thick, however the thickness could easily be adjusted by moving the inside quarter round. The posts are 3.75 squares. So thickness of my new panels could be adjusted as necessary. I would like to make the new panels semi permanent, such as screwing or nailing them in, and filling in all cracks so it is mostly air tight.
I am very very new to working with wood, but have access to mitre saw, table saw and finishing gun. However I need instruction as to how to even begin, or a book that would help with this specific task?
Material of wood? I have no idea!
Thickness of glass... 1/4, 3/16, or 1/8? no clue!
How to secure the glass to the wood? No idea! What comes to mind to me, is building a simple wood border with 45 degree mitred cut wood around the entire piece of glass and putting a small notch in the center of the wood for the glass to fit into. Then put moulding against glass on both sides?
Some sort of bottom since I do not think we want the ENTIRE thing to be glass.
Should I make at least 2 separate sections of glass so that no single piece of glass is too large?
My wife would like many small "panes" on the glass portion (like a cris cross pattern), but it would seem to me this might be well beyond the capability of a beginner?
Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thanks so much.
Last edited by pcampbell; 12-17-2008 at 03:45 PM.