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03-10-2011 08:14 AM


I’m going to attempt to build louver doors myself. The problem is I have no idea how to make them? What is the standard height? the pitch of the blades? What is the best way to set the blades? Should you frame the blades in-place? How difficult would it be to make the rotatable? Too many questions I know but thought if anyone should know, it would be somebody in here!

If someone has plans or ideas, this would help a lot. Thanks Buds,


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#1 posted 03-10-2011 01:25 PM

Check out moonls on LJ. She made them for her husband’s boat.
I’m sure she would be willing to share her knowledge and experience.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 01:35 PM

in my projects theres a tutorial for louvre doors, they don’t rotate though

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 03:24 PM

I just found a louvre door design that sounds promising. Its a frame approx. 36mm thick which forms the outside base. From this if the door is going to be above 1500mm tall then you need a center strut for support, smaller you don’t. The blades are 40-55mm wide and 5 at the tip and 10mm in the center thick. Almost an aeroplane wing design. The you don’t actually route in a pocket for the blade to sit in, you rather drill a hole with connects a straight pin which can allow the leave joining to pivot on the pin. A center strut down the center, joining all the blades allows you to change the angle easily.

Sounds easy enough. Now to build it…

-- An unfinished project makes great firewood for winter!

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 06:26 PM

I made hurricane shutters for the windows on my house in Florida. I used the jig from the NY workshop. It was a show Norm dedicated to jigs. They are fixed louvers which you can take out of slots from the back. An easier solution to the problem of making shutters for your house is the interior shutter kit you will find at Woodline. It consists of the router bits you will need, and I think they give you some pins which you can also get there. Below you will find a link to the Shutter Kit they offer.

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#5 posted 08-15-2011 06:56 PM

in case you want the NYW video on the topic please tell me. It’s of course available on DVD with plans. If I made this a project I’d probably buy it from their website. For a first impression a recording might be fine.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 09:58 PM

I am not sure what episode or year it was but Norm also did one that had the moveable louvers on a set of window or door shutters. I would like to find thet one to look at it, but I do have the other one on jigs that has the non moving ones.

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#7 posted 08-18-2011 01:20 AM

Hi Richard,

the title of the episode to look for is “plantation shutters”. Easiest way to get it would be via torrent network (not sure what the law for recorded tv shows is in the US).

Now looking at the time of the last post on the topic before mine, I feel a bit stupid. It hopefully helps you Richard :-)

If you can’t find it, tell me. There are ways to make that work.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#8 posted 08-18-2011 01:50 PM

We manufacture molding for plantation shutters but we don’t make the shutters. We sell this molding to the people who make them. I need to make some for my house but I don’t know when I’ll get around to it if ever. While doing some research I found out that one of Norm Abrams shows at New Yankee Workshop was about making plantation shutters. He has a video and I ordered it but haven’t watched the whole thing yet. You can order the video here.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 08-18-2011 02:08 PM

I made a return vent cover recently that used fixed louvres. I blogged it. I could check my notes for the pitch and spacing if you’d like. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 08-18-2011 02:18 PM

Hi all,

I just remembered finding a router bit on the internet (two weeks ago) for making fake louvres. Couldn’t find it right now. Maybe that could help non-purists, who will be very few in number around here, I suppose.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#11 posted 08-25-2011 05:09 PM

Don’t know if this will help but at least it’s something to read about.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#12 posted 09-01-2011 06:10 PM

Calogero – RU sure this is on topic or is it just me?

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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