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Project by Thepps posted 01-30-2012 at 04:04 PM 2936 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 at 04:11 PM

Done so well,beautiful work. Thanks for the details too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jim

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 at 04:22 PM

Nice job, I’ve also seen Norms video on building these. Thanks for the Rockler tip

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 at 04:23 PM

The shutters are a fantastic compliment to the built-in’s.
Very nice!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 at 06:32 PM

Well done I have been kicking around buying this kit and making them as well. After what we paid for our master bedroom shutters, I think I’ll make the rest! Is it owrth making the louvers? I see they sell them as well. Great work and nice savings!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 at 06:34 PM

Very nice job. They look really good in that room. What kind of hardware is used in these for the pivots?

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Thepps

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 at 07:26 PM

Thanks everybody.

Ken,
I considered purchasing the louvers as well, but it takes a lot of linear feet! For these two small windows, I used about 50 linear feet. I plan on doing five large 3’ x 5’ windows, so I would be buying a lot of louvers. Shipping also adds a lot of cost. If you could find them locally for a good price, it probably would be worth it to buy them.
I was able to resaw my 4/4 poplar, so I doubled my linear feet out of a board.

Renners,
They are nylon pins used to pivot and metal hangers that attach to the control arm. You can find them here:
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=30953

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 at 09:29 AM

Thx for the great info…. they llk great

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-21-2012 at 08:16 PM

Ken and Thepps,

Not sure where yall live but peterman lumber in So Cal and Las Vegas sell basswood louvers already milled for only $.69 a LN FT you might check with your local lumber yard

The Shutters look great by the way!

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#9 posted 07-22-2012 at 08:58 AM

I live close enough to Petermans Lumber to make the drive for that price. Only about 45 min away. Thx for the info.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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