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Forum topic by bluekingfisher posted 08-25-2014 11:58 AM 5651 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bluekingfisher

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08-25-2014 11:58 AM

While sunning myself (sunburning) myself on my summer holiday (vacation) I still find my mind pre occupied with all things woodworking.

I have for a while been considering building several sets of the plantation shutters as built by Norm at the NYW. I even sent off for the plan and DVD. Two things however bothered me, one, a means of profiling the slat louvers and two building the numerous jigs required to make the relevant component parts.

I stumbled across a seemingly foolproof jig and cutters sold by Rockler.com

http://assets.rockler.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/720x720/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/4/4/44342-11-1000.jpg

So, my query, have any of you guys purchased or made use of the jigs and router bits…...or have you found another means of cutting the profiles for the slats.

I have a spindle moulder (shaper) so perhaps there are cutters available for that?

Any info or advice most welcome.

A photo of my sunburned foot, I didn’t think the sun at 3.30 in the afternoon would still have enough bite. I guess originating from Northern climes I’m not suited to the sun. Don’t feel too sorry for me, I’m by the pool and the sun has gone beyond the yard arm so a cold beer is called for.

Cheers all

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan


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bluekingfisher

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 07:18 PM

No one any experience of the shutter jigs?

Not to worry, I may buy them and let you know how they go.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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steve_in_ohio

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 09:56 PM

I have just finished using the Rockler shutter jig. Its works very well but you need to make sure the drill bit included are set up for the correct depth, because mine were when they arrived but it is an easy fix. As for the louvers I found it to be easier to just buy the louvers preshaped and Rockler sells these in 18” and 52” lengths (If I remember correctly). Just send me a PM if you have any other questions.

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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#3 posted 08-30-2014 08:46 PM

No sperience here David. Good luck

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Rugman01

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#4 posted 09-04-2014 03:44 PM

Yes I have the jig and it does work well. I am close enough to Rockler store so I took the 4 hour class and made a complete shutter while in the class. I have not started my home shutters yet but will in the next month

-- The meek shall inherit the earth, when the bold are done with it.

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#5 posted 09-04-2014 04:32 PM

I have used it for multiple sets of shutters, it works very well. Use the online measuring guide as well. Make sure when using the levolor bit (if that is what you use) use basswood. It cuts much better. I make my shutters out of poplar and my first set of levolors I used the same wood. I had a lot of tearout and it was a big pain. Also when milling your lumber cut everthing over sized and do not plane everything to the correct thickness at first. Cut it and plane it and then wait a few days for wood movement and then finish milling. I made this mistake on my first two sets and was able to compensate but it was a lesson learned.

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#6 posted 09-04-2014 07:26 PM

I made 14 of these shutters using the Rockler jig.I made them of 1 1/8 cedar decking. I used their router bit to shape the louvres. I used 1/4” dowels for the louvres instead of their expensive plastic pins. Made a drill jig to drill holes for the dowels. I resawed the decking for the louvres and then planed them. Be prepared for monotonous work
I drilled over 1300 holes.

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RRBOU

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#7 posted 09-04-2014 07:41 PM

I purchased the system about a month ago with the intention of building shutters for the house. I have not had a chance to unbox it yet let alone utilize it. Life keeps getting in the way.


I made 14 of these shutters using the Rockler jig.I made them of 1 1/8 cedar decking. I used their router bit to shape the louvres. I used 1/4” dowels for the louvres instead of their expensive plastic pins. Made a drill jig to drill holes for the dowels. I resawed the decking for the louvres and then planed them. Be prepared for monotonous work
I drilled over 1300 holes.

- Harryn

The big question Harryn is would you do it again?

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Harryn

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#8 posted 09-05-2014 07:25 PM

I would do it again, but give myself plenty of time. it is very monotonous to keep at it.

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stillgotallmydigits

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 05:32 PM

Hmmm, not being a fan of monotony I have planned to purchase my shutters. However, what is y’alls opinion of the cost/benefit ratio? Can you save enough money to make the monotony worthwhile? It looks like if I purchase shutters for a 70”x80” window it is going to cost me around $1200. If I deduct 1/2 of that as “monotony expense” can I still come out ahead building my own?
Thanks in advance for your opinions and expertise!
Steve

-- Steve, So.Cal.

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steve_in_ohio

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#10 posted 09-18-2014 09:10 PM



Hmmm, not being a fan of monotony I have planned to purchase my shutters. However, what is y alls opinion of the cost/benefit ratio? Can you save enough money to make the monotony worthwhile? It looks like if I purchase shutters for a 70”x80” window it is going to cost me around $1200. If I deduct 1/2 of that as “monotony expense” can I still come out ahead building my own?
Thanks in advance for your opinions and expertise!
Steve

- stillgotallmydigits

I did shutters for 3-36”x80” windows and 4-36”x65” windows and I only spent about $250 a window in materials

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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bluekingfisher

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#11 posted 12-03-2014 12:38 PM

Apologies for my delayed response to this one fellahs.

Anyway, having just read your responses, the information provided has been very useful and I will endevour to learn for your experiences.

Seeing as it has been a while since I posted I will a PM a few of you guys seeking some further assistance and guidance if you don’t mind?

Much appreciated.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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