This is my first major (relative term) restoration project. I have previously soldered a few pieces into a lamp shade, and have lots of electrical soldering experience.
I am trying to restore and old window (from an exterior wood door) and I have lots of questions. Hopefully some of you can offer insights.
Here are a few pictures of the window:
The window is missing a few panes and has a few others that are cracked -- as well as -- many places where the came is cracked at the top, or joints are separated. I attempted to clean and solder one of the cracked joints, to see how it would take the solder -- it didn't go well at all.
My questions are:
1 - Replacing the broken and missing panes -- is it best to cut out the top side of the came and use foil and flow solder, or something else?
2 - The came appears to be hollow -- is it possible to fill in the little cracks that appear on the crown of the came?
3 - Soldering seems to be difficult -- what is the process for cleaning, fluxing and soldering that will give me the best chance for solid joints?
4 - Reinforcement -- currently there is no reinforcement, which is probably why it didn't fare so well in the door. What would be the best method for reinforcing this window for use in an exterior wood door?
Thank you all in advance,