Plantation Shutters: charred basswood

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Project by Holbs posted 02-04-2018 03:53 AM 1542 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at plantation shutters. I went with the double split frames (top, lower, left, right) which might not of been the greatest decision as I should of went for a smaller easier window for first attempt. Luckily, this did not come out TOOOOO bad though errors here and there that are not too noticeable.
I opted to give something I never seen tried: charring basswood instead of staining. All charring I have seen were for outside use such as house siding. I wanted to give it a shot for inside use. Came out really not too shabby though there are hit & miss spots where you can tell more/less charring took place. But as a friend said, it has character and a more natural look. If I ever go charring route again, maybe I can find a pizza oven to give a more uniform charring look.
Used the Rockler Plantation Shutter jig system. Well worth the price. Lines everything up enough. However, I’ll never use the little dowel jig again for precision as it kept nudging over 1/16th or so when clamped and being drilled. Lesson learned: I’ll make a drill press jig or router mortise jig for dowel holes when looking for precision.
A word of note: I did buy my louvers from Rockler. I did not notice till too late but their louvers are not the same width! Some were 1/16th too wide to others. This matters big time when it comes time to drill holes for the V shaped control bar pin hardware. DUe to the different sized louvers, the drill jig was off center. You do not have much room at all for error. On 30% of the louvers, I have a gashing drill hole. Those pins would no longer work so had to use eyelet screws. Very frustrating. Saved by using eyelet screws on some louvers.
I only applied 5 coats of Sealcoat shellac (4 by HVLP, 1 by hand), no topcoat of poly.

my plantation shutter blog entry. I tried to keep a record of my progression.

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

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#1 posted 02-04-2018 05:28 PM

Those came out great. Prevents you car from peeping into the house :-)

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