Stained Plantation Shutters

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Project by rotorwash posted 02-21-2012 02:54 AM 2933 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the better part of a year, I have been building plantation shutters for my house. I do one room at a time before I get bored with making them and start some other project. These are a few of from the last room that I completed. They are made from bass wood and stained which I think looks much better in this room than the traditional white. I made several jigs for this project which is a must if you plan to build a lot of them.

-- Jon, California

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 03:20 AM

Very nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 03:27 AM

Really nice!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 03:42 AM

They can be challenging to make good work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 04:57 AM

Your shutters look very well built. I like the stain versus the painted ones. Did you manufacture your own basswood louvers? If so, did you use a router bit or a moulding planer? Thanks in advance for any consideration you can give these inquiries.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 06:43 AM

I wish I had a moulding planer. But I am able to get louvers pre milled at my wood supplier (Peterman Lumber) in 8-12’ lengths. They also sell pre milled shutter components but I find it is much cheaper to mill my own.

-- Jon, California

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 05:48 PM

HI Jon:

As a newbie to this site, I was looking for help in building shutters. I plan to build 15 bahama style shutter for the outside of my home. I am looking for ideas in making the louvers and the rails. Routering the rails to match the louvers or finding alternative ways. If you would or can share with me how you built your jigs and provide some guidence it would be appreciated. You can email me

New Orleans, LA.

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#7 posted 02-27-2012 07:22 PM


The following link desribes the jigs I used.

-- Jon, California

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#8 posted 02-27-2012 09:04 PM

Beautiful, but don’t show my wife, she’s wanted these for years!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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