Plantation Shutters #1: $300 Rockler order sent in today

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-08-2017 12:32 AM 1641 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My house windows are…standard issue tract home boring. I need a wood working project that will keep me busy and experience more, could help with friends or clients with their own plantation shutter, and will boost my house value. I decided to run with the Rockler integrated jig system as I have 9 large windows and 3 small windows to do which the jig setup will help with the productivity.
Basswood is the preferred wood of choice for plantation shutters. My local hardwood dealer can do 4/4 and 8/4 at $3.50 BF. Rockler has an amazing special sale price of dimensioned 3 1/2” louvers/slats that I went with all ready to go, just have to cut to length. Originally, I was going to order all wood from my dealer, purchase either Yonico louver slat router bit at half the price of the same Rockler bit and make the slats. Since this is my first plantation window, I went the easy route for learning purposes. I still have to purchase at the dealer some basswood to custom make my rail & stiles.
My end result would look something like this on a smaller framed window:

This finally gives me experience to learn how to “finish” wood as most everything I have worked with upto this point has been plywood and simple stuff for the workshop itself. These will be in direct sunlight so protection will be need. I want the color in the picture so that means learning pro’s/con’s of dyeing.
My current ugly boring window look:

This will also give experience in trimming and casing of a window. Which also may lead me down the path of molding around the ceiling walls. Foam crown molding is surprisingly affordable with cove lighting I found out. And this blog will document my success and failures along the way to share with other’s who are considering going this route.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 05-08-2017 12:12 PM

This will be very interesting to follow, can’t wait see the progress.

How many windows are you going to do?

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 12:52 PM

My first build is a the one in the picture: the window facing front of the house. The parts & material I bought from Rockler is enough for this one window. Doing a double bi-fold top & bottom with traditional center arm. I plan to do every window in my house eventually. I even have 2 dinky windows that are 12” wide x 24” tall. The wood I bought is only for this one window. The other windows, I’ll have to buy and dimension the basswood slats with a slat router bit (depending on how long Rockler’s sale of basswood is).

Of note: I found out my current window “treatment” is called drywall return, due to the side & top drywall with only a wood (or maybe it’s cheap MDF) stool & apron. Some say it’s the “modern” look. Other’s say cheap and lazy way to finish off windows by the house builders. I say the latter.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 09:28 PM

Holbs, this will be a big project to complete. The repetitive tasks get old in a hurry IMO.

-- Art

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