The continuing shutter saga

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Blog entry by AandCstyle posted 11-21-2016 12:13 AM 1627 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted my initial foray into shutter making as a project. Then I decided I need a jig to make the louver sanding process easier, so I came up with this. Sometime since I completed a couple more windows.

These are in the dining room and this

is the living room.

That makes 3 rooms complete and I have 5 more rooms to go before this project will be crossed off my list. UGH!!!

Yes, it is tedious, but we really like the look that the shutters give the rooms so I will persevere. :)

My only real gripe, at this point, is that the window frames are soooo out of square that I really can’t get the corners where the shutters meet to align the way I would like them. When I get them to 1/16th” I call them good enough.

At this point, I am estimating the cost of the shutters at just under $8 per square foot including everything from the Rockler supplies to the lumber to the router bits to the paint. I did NOT include a cost for my time because projects like this only keep me from spending money in bars. :D I priced commercially available ones in the range of $25 to $40 per square foot.

If anyone has any questions about making shutters with the Rockler system, I will be happy to offer the benefit of my knowledge.

-- Art

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#1 posted 11-21-2016 02:29 AM

Hey those look really nice Art! They add to and compliment your excellent furniture.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 11-21-2016 03:30 AM

Well now I know what you’ve been up to lately… That last pic looks like a staged home in Pasadena, CA. Well done, sir!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 11-21-2016 11:57 AM

Looks like it is and open and shut case to me! They look great.

I can tell from your voice that they must be a real SOB!!

Happy wife ….happy life!

Keep up the GREAT work!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 11-21-2016 02:01 PM

WOW! Those are truly beautiful. Love the clean look too. hmmm…


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#5 posted 11-21-2016 02:02 PM


I still shutter at the thought of all those windows.
Is there a reason for the control arm to be on the outside?

Nice work.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#6 posted 11-21-2016 03:00 PM

Beautiful! I’m impressed at your git-r-done attitude and that you are finding nice jigs to ease the process as you go along.
Nice seeing then in-situ, that last photo looks like a mirror image side to side. Is it you or SWMBO who insists on tidying up before posting 8^)

Don’t blow all your bar mad-money yet, once you finish your set of shutters, everyone else in your circle will be asking for them!

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#7 posted 11-21-2016 10:49 PM

I thank everyone for the compliments.

Terry, the control arms are thin stainless strips on the back side of the shutters that aren’t visible in the pix. I did that because the windows have faux muntins (I think this is what you might be seeing) and I didn’t want any more visual clutter.

Splint, the house normally looks like that; we have been empty nesters for ages. The shop is a different story, however. There is nobody in our circle that could afford my shutters. :D Our son might convince me, but even that would cost him a Domino. haha

-- Art

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#8 posted 11-21-2016 11:43 PM

Looking’ good Art. Excellent addition to the room. NOW! Get back to work!. :)

-- Mark

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#11 posted 12-29-2016 02:58 PM

Your shutters look great! This is a project we keep bouncing around and I’ve just watched a few videos on Rockler system and Norm’s video. Did you price out buying the louvers from Rockler, etc. vs milling your own? I read your comment about being retired and having more time than money but wondered if you had priced out cost difference.

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#12 posted 12-29-2016 09:05 PM

Hotbyte, thank you. I am making mine out of quarter sawn poplar that costs me $3.05 per bdft. This makes each louver about $0.63. They would cost $1.25 from Rockler. You might be able to find louvers for less than Rockler if you search a bit. This difference doesn’t seem like much, but I will make almost 600 louvers, so the total difference is significant. Overall, the shutters are costing less than $9.00 per square foot fully loaded. HTH

-- Art

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#13 posted 12-29-2016 11:32 PM

Thanks for reply. That is a lot less expensive…especially over 600 louvers.

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