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12-28-2015 05:56 PM

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I have been doing some research trying to find out how exterior fixed louver wooden house shutters were constructed back in the mid 1800’s without much luck.

Today there are many ways to make the stiles using routers with the appropriate jigs, a Festool Domino, the matchmaker made by woodtek, or by using expensive computer controlled machinery, however, all of these tools were not available back then.

So how were the fixed slots in the stiles made with the existing tools back then?

The only idea I can come up with is a table sow to cut open ended slots in the rails which were cut much like box joints on an angle then using an applied molding to hold the slats in place.

Does anyone have definitive information on this or able to point me in the right direction for this info?

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 09:27 PM

Ganged cutters operated by a by a belt off a steam powered main shaft. Machines made the ornate stiles that popped up everywhere around that time.

Have seen pictures of machine, don’t ask me where.


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#2 posted 12-28-2015 09:51 PM

Thanks Mark.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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