The Bond Between New and Old: Window Stools- The Groton House
This late-1800’s home had recently been remodeled and entrusted to Castle Complements to paint when the carpentry was complete. All of the millwork in the house was custom milled of poplar and installed with great precision.
The original 25 windows, however, had been left in place along with the exceptionally large-14 inch wide stools (the exterior walls are brick). Window stools are commonly referred to as sills. The correct terminology for the interior portion that is horizontal and has no pitch to shed water is called a stool.
Although the old stools remained there had been a new stool nose installed to accommodate the aprons and other new millwork around the windows like the chair rail. This posed a particular issue to make sure the new and old looked seamless when painted and did not crack apart in the future.
After sanding to ensure the profile of new and old was close Castle Complements applied a specialty product from Advanced Repair Technology(ART) that uses epoxy resins to weld the two pieces of wood together.
Within 30 minutes of the primer being brushed on we applied an overall coat of epoxy filler to bridge the gap between the two pieces and fill imperfections on the stool. This was done to all 25 window stools.
After an overnight cure the stools were sanded and subsequent coats of filler were applied to make the transition seamless.
Overall prep was done to the window then primer and finish coats were applied
The end result is smooth window stools that look like they are made from a single piece of wood.
Happy Customer-Happy Castle