Fixed Louver Shutters: is RED CEDAR a good option?

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Forum topic by Kwit posted 07-09-2014 02:26 AM 1181 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2014 02:26 AM

I am considering making some fixed louver exterior shutters for one of my in-laws

Everything I see online is usually made from basswood – very few people speak of using cedar

Is there a reason for this?

Any opinions or experiences will be appreciated

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 03:42 AM

I would think cedar would work great for exterior shutters, you could paint or stain it and it’s fairly weather resistant. No idea why you’re only seeing basswood. Thinking of exterior shutters, cedar sounds like one of the best options unless you’re looking for something heavy and tremendously expensive like Ipe.

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 03:52 AM

Basswood is easier to work with and nails/staples easier. It’s much easier for companies to deal with when training people.

Cedar will weather better but is a little softer and harder to nail/staple. Cedar finishes better and is in my mind superior but harder to install correctly. Anyone asking this question on this forum I would suspect will have little difficulty using cedar for this application however.


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#3 posted 07-09-2014 12:20 PM

Thanks for the replies

I plan on doing a decorative fixed louver shutter using the Rockler jig or equivalent – so nailing isn’t an issue – just drilling holes

My next concern is finding the right stock to mill down for louvers – make it as safe an operation as possible – since they will be approx 7/16×3x14

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 05:51 PM

These are 3/4” thick louvers out of red cedar. These are for outside however. I dried the cedar for 10 days to get good milling results. If you can find KD I would go for it to mill to that dimension. I account for a good %40 waste to get good clean runs. Otherwise, there is no problem using cedar.

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