|Project by Thepps||posted 01-31-2012 12:04 AM||2988 views||8 times favorited||9 comments|
I’ve been considering building plantation shutters for quite some time, mostly following the methods used by Norm on the New Yankee workshop. Seemed like a lot of trouble and work to make the jigs required. Then, I saw Rockler had developed all of the jigs and special hardware required. I was sold at first sight. Very straight forward and relatively easy. The online plan calculator is most helpful.
My window frames were not square and I wanted to keep the shutters fullly inset, so I made the stiles wider than on the plan, glued up the assembly, and then fit the plantation shutter assembly to the window by tapering the sides.
I made my own louvers using a 2 1/2” louver bit.
These windows are 24” x 36” and worked great as prototypes since they are so small. I plan on fitting all of my bedroom windows with shutters, eventually, using these jigs.
Basswood is the optimum choice for shutters, but I did not have any and my lumber yard is quite a drive. So, I used birch for the frame and poplar for the louvers. They are heavier than I thought they would be, for such a small window. I’ll use basswood for my larger bedroom windows.
This was a pretty fun project, took about 15 hours, (longer than expected), but a nice break from building large pieces of furniture.
-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL