My First Shutters #3: Bathroom Shutters

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Blog entry by Rha7 posted 03-01-2012 06:18 PM 1645 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Presenting my bathroom shutters!

It is getting easier every time, I learn from errors, and fix my previous issues, this one looks much better now, although they’re far from perfect… but here they are…

-- Gabriel Medina, Juárez, México, formerly, "The greatest border of all".

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 12:26 AM

Those are great! I love shutters AND pine, so I really like what you made.

-- ~Julie~

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 01:03 AM

Nice job on these shutters. My first lumber purchase was basswood for making shutters and lying in my garage untouched for four years! Your work is inspiring me to get started.

Anyway, I am wondering if you are following any articles/books in building these or doing them by trial and error. If you have any detailed photos, I would love to see them. Thanks!

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 04:47 AM


-- Harold

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 08:03 PM

Thank you everyone, I really enjoy this… hehe

Praki, see.. , I started researching on the Internet for shutter building instructions, plans, etc, but found nothing useful, so I went on to a local shop to ask for a quote on shutters, and asked them to let me see them, and I took my time hehe, so I got an idea of how they were built… that was the first step…

Then I set up to build the first ones, but I had a hard time getting the measurements right, making the slats cover properly each other and stuff, so I made an Excel sheet to calculate it… that was the second step…

Third one was to go out and find a local place where to buy the louver pins I needed, and researching again on the net, I found shutter medics dot com, and saw that they had a program to do what my excel sheet was doing, lazy as I am, I bought the louver pins AND the program (although I’m a programmer myself, I’m also a class 1 lazy man)... I received the program and the program key (a file they send you) at work (again, I work as a computers programmer), and Installed it, it looked ok, but nothing my rudimentary excel sheet wasn’t doing… and everything was good, that is, until I got home and installed it on my PC… wouldn’t work… I called them and asked them what the problem was, and they basically said, that the program would work only on the FIRST computer where you install it, and if you reformat that computer or buy a new one, or just want to use your laptop instead of your desktop, you have to buy the program again… obviously this was beyond st*pid… and asked them politely to reject or do something about the key they sent before, and send me a new one for my laptop… they said there was nothing I or they could do… or that’s what they thought…

Fourth thing was shaking up the laziness that same afternoon, and loading my rudimentary Excel sheet again, and reformatted it to provide all their’s did and more, I was finished within a couple of hours, and happy with myself, actually these shutters in this post where calculated using my Excel sheet, using this calculations I’m planning on building a Web site this weekend or the next, to provide the same functionality for free on the web, and send them (shutter medic dot com) a kind invitation to use it freely, and was planning on posting the URL here for you people to use freely, and pass the voice to other people who might need it…

Fifth thing is to write down on my bucket list to try to get to my elder years without being such an evil business man….

Hehe so yes, I’m using this excel sheet but will soon become a web site, and I’ll try to dig some time to make auto-calculators like this for cabinets and other stuff…

Feel free to ask me whatever you want, as I said the shutters are not perfect, but whatever I can share with you I will :)

Gabriel Medina.

-- Gabriel Medina, Juárez, México, formerly, "The greatest border of all".

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 02:58 PM

Thanks for sharing the info in detail, Gabriel. I must say you are very clever!

I cant believe that s/w vendors stupid policy. I look forward to your website.

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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Jason Carrolton

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#6 posted 05-19-2012 09:58 PM

Great looking shutters! They turned out very nice. I also saved a bunch of money making my own shutters for my home. Like yourself, I purchased the computer program from the shutter medic and found it to be extremely helpful. Dont think I could have made them without it. You may want to give them another call, my dealings with the company was always a positive experience. My computer crashed, and they issued my another file so the program would work on my new computer.

George Sellers – Sawdust Maker

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