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Time for a Quote

I did initially set myself a deadline of… Last Thursday, when it came to making and fitting these French doors at my mum’s house. Yet, as much as I’ve been struggling to keep this blog alive lately, I still haven’t even bought the timber.

Cost is a major issue and, as a glimmer of progress, I have at least been able to obtain a quote for the two double glazed units from Clevedon Glass

2No. 1729mm x 594mm double-glazed units with 4mm of toughened safety glass each side, all for £206 plus VAT!!!

A little dearer than I had expected, I must say! But, I’m sure this is on a par with the going rate for glazed units at the moment (this company has a good reputation, locally).

That price is the same, regardless of the space between the two panes, which would also affect the overall dimensions (thickness of the unit). It would only change if I was to have them FENSA registered, which would require a different specification of glass and spacer bar in between. I assume this would only make them more expensive but, I didn’t ask.

Determining the overall thickness of this glass is holding me back a little from buying any timber… I at least know I’ll be going for joinery-grade, European redwood now. I mean, the cost of the glass alone has almost blown my budget to smithereens! Sadly, as I am paying for this, I cannot afford to buy a nice hardwood.

Do I really want to make these doors thicker than the ‘standard’ 44mm?

If a 30mm DGU would cost the same as one only 18mm thick then, maybe it is worth it. That would mean buying 3in thick timber and sending at least 10-15mm of thickness up the dust extraction hose, to get the desired 55-60mm door thickness.

I’m leaning toward sticking with 2in sawn boards so that it’ll match everything else around the house but, I can’t make a decision. I really don’t want to have to mess around with the existing door frame, as it is sound and free or rot. Replacing the stops wouldn’t be much of a bother, though.

I was hoping to have made a decision this week, so that I could’ve bought the wood already, with a view to making a start tomorrow… However, it looks as though I’ll have to try and find something else to keep me occupied in the workshop this weekend, if I don’t end up doing anything sociable. I intend to do some more short videos soon. I just hope that everything will seem much ‘simpler’ and easier to get on with once I’ve moved back in to mum’s in a few weeks. I worry too much about having photos, images and videos to share but, I just think I need to write more often… Maybe.

Thanks for reading.


5 responses to “Time for a Quote

  1. Jeremy Cook 14/07/2012 at 22:00

    Value added tax? Ugh, sounds like a pain!

  2. Alex Farrell 16/07/2012 at 13:08

    Hi Olly, Have you considered the re-cycling aspect?
    My intention is to build a new workshop (eventually) that will have an almost full glass front. As a means of obtaining the glass I have been frequenting my local council tip and as a result I sourced 4 patio doors with metal frames. The frames look very ugly but the glass was perfect and is double glazed safety glass and so on. I only paid £12 for 4 doors, then I stripped of the frames. Eventually I will clad the glass with nice Oak frames. Another consideration is to contact all window and door companies and ask to see their grave yard. This is in all likelihood and area around their factory where mis-measured units are kept. You might pick up some very useable doors for next to nothing (cost wise) only leaving you with perhaps a new frame to make.


  3. kateshrewsday 20/07/2012 at 18:00

    Short videos would be cool…

    • Olly Parry-Jones 22/07/2012 at 18:41

      Thank you, Kate, for commenting and for following recently. I’ll definitely see what I can do with regards to short videos of certain techniques (I’m currently thinking of how I cut large mortise and tenons, as one example).

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