Can you make a window using a hollowed out log and plexiglass? Of course you can if you follow the method that Pelle Henriksson used in his sauna. All pictures are courtesy of Pelle Henriksson and are used with permission. 1. First you clean out and sand the hollowed out log.
2. Once clean it must be routed with a hand router so that the window can be cut and fit to the opening. 3. Make a template with a piece of heavy duty paper and a scissors or sharp knife. 4. Cut the piece of plexiglass (available in hardware stores and building supply stores) to match the template. 5. Then use silicone caulk to attach the glass securely to the routed edge. 6. Note that the glass portion goes to the outside of the cordwood wall and the inside is more like a shelf. This would not be advisable for a house in a very cold climate as it would have a very low thermal resistance (R-value). This application is on a sauna.
7. Pelle caulked his window on the outside and painted it before inserting it into his cordwood sauna wall. Want to see how Pelle’s built his sauna? Click on the link below: https://cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/swedish-cordwood-sauna-by-pelle/
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Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005, 2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for thousands of cordwood builders. Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD, Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore. www.cordwoodconstruction.org
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