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Project by clarkey posted 01-15-2011 10:09 PM 3527 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

l decided to design and build these Shoji Shutters when we found out to purchase them from the manufacturer was going to cost us three times the amount that it would if l built them myself . So the task began, I had a lot of black walnut that l needed to do something with. My opening for the patio windows was 150 inches so to have two shutters at each end l need a double track 19 feet long. Each shutter had to be 40” X 78 1/2 ” X 3/4 ” so they could overlap by one stile. The stiles are 2 1/2 ” wide, the end stiles are bullnosed and are triple fluted length wise , while the middle stiles are single fluted on each end length wise . The rails are 4 ” wide with the end rails double fluted on the inside and the middle ones double fluted on both sides creating four open panels on each shutter. The panels were completed using a translucent shoji laminated paper 1mm called: Cloud Dragon, it laid in a 3/8” rabbet on the back of the panel held in place with wood stops. In front of the paper is 3/4” lattice held together using half lap joinery. The stiles and rails are held together with Biscuits and Pocket joinery. The shutters and valance are built with Black Walnut with the exception of a Sapele cuff in the middle of valance to cover the seam. The finish is a clear oil base with a three step buffing system.

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 10:30 PM

I’m sure these turned out 10 times better than something that would have cost 3 times as much.

Super nice!

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 01-16-2011 12:50 AM

great work, i want to learn how to do the intricate wood working part of these screens.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 03:09 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 03:35 AM

Very nice work indeed. You did way a better job than what you could have purchased.

-- John, Naples Florida

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 08:24 PM

Outstanding work and design. The write-up is excellent as well. Thanks for the post.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 05:18 AM

Very cool, did not waste your money and it turned out ten times better if you bought them.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 01:16 AM

I love the oriental flavor. Your design has a good zin to it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#9 posted 01-09-2012 11:02 AM

I think I’m in love.

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