Plantation Shutter overdose

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Project by Chauffeur posted 07-13-2017 05:37 PM 1406 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been on the project list since we purchased our current home 10+ years ago. We were never too excited about the 2” wood blinds that we installed within weeks of us moving in. They provided privacy and looked OK with drapes, but I knew someday that I’d make it right.

Started the project in February this year. Logistics limited me to building them in batches (~10 at a time). My shop is my garage; space becomes the limiting factor (especially when it comes to lay-down space for painting).

Had to build individual frames/casings for each shutter. The as built windows did not have any trim installed, just painted sills (drywall return windows).

Used the Rockler edge beading bit for the rails and styles. Did not use their shutter jigs or drill bits. Wanted to keep my costs down and felt they were not practical for the size of the shutters (7’ and 8’ tall) and a large project of this nature.

Made the QS oak louvers, but purchased the louver material for the painted ones in bulk from a wholesaler that was kind enough to work with me. Gave me a great deal on the 3 1/2” primed louver material ($0.80/ft), rear louver control rods, hinges, shutter pins, nails, and magnetic catches. Gotta buy everything in bulk (louvers 237.5 linear ft/box) and need to watch the shipping costs, but the prices were literally fractions of retail (e.g, 1000 shutter pins for $7.80, 125 painted non-mortise hinges for $87.50, etc).

Got one last batch to do, but taking a break for awhile. I found the work is detailed at times, but very repetitive and a bit boring (31 shutters = 554 louvers = 2770 precision drilled holes). There’s not a lot of art to this. The good news is the finished look and savings. My all in costs were ~1/3 of what a custom installer would charge for something of this nature. That kept me going!

My apologies for the quality of the photos. I’m certainly not much of a photographer. Have not figure out how to take good daytime picture with the brightness coming through the partially open louvers.

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 07-13-2017 05:53 PM

The product of your hard work looks great, nicely done!

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#2 posted 07-13-2017 08:51 PM

Hey, Dave, your shutters look great! Take the pix at night and they will be fine. I am currently working on my LAST set of shutters for our house. I agree with you that they are tedious, but worth it.

-- Art

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#3 posted 07-14-2017 03:46 PM

These shutters are very attractive and you did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-15-2017 05:15 PM

Those look fantastic! Sure helps with the overall house look, and plus the re-sale value

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

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#5 posted 07-19-2017 01:31 PM

I’m assuming your wife has good taste in window treatments and you have the talent to make woodwork happen. Sounds like a good team. I am similarly blessed. I much prefer being covered in sawdust than having to dress a window with my missus standing twelve feet behind me saying, “Hmmm, a little more to the left, please.”

Really nicely done, mon ami. Bravo!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#6 posted 07-26-2017 08:11 PM

Your shutters look nice. Who was your supplier? I’ve been trying to find a supplier for plantation shutter materials.

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