Plantation Shutters

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Project by Matt posted 06-16-2014 10:16 PM 1880 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some plantation shutters using the Woodline router bits and plans, with a few of my own modifications.
Louvers are actuated from behind with a home-made hidden control rod.

Frame is contructed of poplar, shutter components are made from basswood
This is the first window, I plan to do several more as time allows.
My least favorite part is the paint job, so I invested in a paint sprayer for the rest.

All in all, quite a difficult (and time consuming) project for one of my first woodworking projects, LOTS of trial and error, but I’m happy with how they turned out.

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 12:38 PM

These look nice. I’ve thought several times about buying Rockler’s system, but I think I’ll look into Woodline.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 02:22 PM


Cost and variety of bits was the main driver for selecting the woodline set. Rockler was 50-60 for just the one bit, woodline has the set of 5 for 80. I can’t speak to the quality of the rockler bit, but the woodline bits worked fine for me.

In terms of there other jigs, I got by alright without them. I’m sure they could be a time-saver since it takes less time and effort measuring, marking, etc.

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 02:33 PM

We use to manufacture all of the moldings for plantation shutters in our molding plant. We sold them to people all over who made shutters in small shops. I’ve seen a lot of plantation shutters over the years and this set looks very nice. You did a nice job – especially considering that you made the moldings yourself. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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