Plantation Shutters #3: Style, species and color of casing & shutters decided

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-10-2017 02:31 AM 1951 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love “Craftsman” style casing. Just looks….1910’ish or palace like: strong Ford tough, embolden, structured. That is what I’m going for. Unsure of how far down the rabbit hole to go such as elegant crown molding upon the top.
For the species, I picked Knotty Alder. It’s super affordable here on the west coast: 4/4=1.60 and 8/4=1.78. I love how rustic it can be turned into.
For the color, I will go a mix of American Walnut and Golden Fruitwood dye stains after seeing this youtube video:

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Here are some pictures from a Craftsman style casing around doors & windows:

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

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 01:22 PM

I think the Craftsman style looks great, I haven’t seen it before with Plantation shutters.

Looking forward to more progress! You may be inspiring me to do something with my windows.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 09:36 PM

Holbs, The window looks great. I have done 11 windows so far using Rockler’s jigs, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. Here is the first one I did. Also, here is a jig I made to hold the louvers for sanding. I wasn’t brave enough to go with stain so I applaud you. I am looking forward to your next installment.

-- Art

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 11:56 PM

Just to note..that is not my window but an image from the internet (I think the full window picture is from LumberJocks) but I was just showing the “craftsman” style window casing that I want to tackle.
Rockler had 50% off basswood shutters so I bought enough for this one single window, along with most of the hardware (even the hinges). I may take more economic routes for other windows in other rooms. I wanted this to be easy installation for this first window. SHUTTER SLAT 3/8 X 3-1/2 X 58” BASSWOOD x 11 @ $2.99 I think instead of the normal $5.99.
I like your jig of using parallel clamps to hold the slat, and wooden blocks to hold that clamp. Will see how it pans out. I have to go with stain because…actually…I need the experience (good or bad). Everything to date has been douglas fir studs or plywood. I feel the need to earn brownie points since I tell my friends I’m a wood worker. And I have to do casing because I really hate these drywall return bland windows. They should be banned from houses.
One of my many upcoming concerns is staining both the Knotty Alder and doing the same staining on the Basswood. Will they turn out to have the same color? We shall see…

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

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#4 posted 05-11-2017 09:40 PM

Holbs, the best place I found to purchase hinges is Delta Blinds Supply.

The two different woods will take the stain differently so you will need to experiment to get the colors to match. If you use a water based stain, you can use a TransTint dye to modify the color.

-- Art

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