While I was working on deck preparations, I decided to take time to work on cabin windows (yes, now I’m multi tasking which I said earlier I would not do). As I get closer to finishing this build, it seems I want to speed up more in anticipation of completion. So, cabin windows. In checking the internet, the beautiful brass windows referenced in the plans ranged between $60 – 125/per light. This seemed excessive to me, so I decided to go with the ham’n egger approach and build my own. I first cut out the window opening in the cabin side panels. I then drilled holes and rounded the edges (and applied more epoxy). Not knowing how to secure the window lens, I called the smartest guy I know to consult. My dad said, “Son, you need a 3/8″ offset router bit”, A who? “Home Depots got em”. So off I went to purchase the strange bit. $29 dollars later, I had the bit in hand. After cutting 4 round hoops from 1/4″ plywood, I used the router to cut the offset. It worked like a champ. Now, the lens can be securely held in place by the outer hoops. The Lexan panels were purchased from Home Depot for $4.95/ea. I cut the circular shape on my band saw. Two coats of epoxy later, I was ready for finish paint.I found this Rust-Oleum Copper Hammered paint and thought I would give it a try.The results were amazing. The paint goes on as a solid color and then begins to separate into the blotchy hammered look. It levels out remarkably well and dries very fast. It created a very neat looking window frame.
These window frames are lightweight, simple and easy to build. If you don’t want to spend $200 on beautiful heavy windows, give these a try. I’m very happy with the results.