Oak Plantation Shutters

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Project by Chauffeur posted 02-11-2020 06:01 PM 1033 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little over 2 years ago, I made my first plantation shutter and proceeded to methodically build similar ones for all the windows in our home (per special request). The majority are painted; 5 are solid oak.

49 Frames/casings, 850 louvers, 4250 precision drilled holes, and a substantial number of homebrewed IPAs later, I installed the last one this morning.

I’m pretty tired… I think I’ll go home now.

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 02-11-2020 07:14 PM

Beautiful job, sir! Go home! You deserve a break!

-- ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ -- Bill

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#2 posted 02-11-2020 07:28 PM

ive done a few myself so i know your feeling.those came out real nice.did you use the rockler system?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 02-11-2020 08:19 PM

They look axtraordinary. Realy profesional work! Beautiful interior.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-11-2020 09:07 PM

Add my voice to the chorus of accolades for a beautiful job!

-- Tom, Adams, TN

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#5 posted 02-12-2020 12:23 AM

Well done sir!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 02-12-2020 02:08 AM

Beautiful job with many, many parts!

-- AJ

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#7 posted 02-12-2020 02:17 AM

Very impressive. I would be afraid of starting such a journey for fear of getting bored and never finishing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 02-12-2020 03:34 AM

Outstanding and a perfect match to the cabinets! Beautiful work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 02-12-2020 07:05 PM

Well done Forrest… you can go home now. Lovely, but tedious work. The shuttered window above sink: The shutter bars pivot open I see, but do the whole shutter unit open door like? Maybe not, but if so, do the clear the sink faucet? My window casement went, but the hand crank to open and close hit the same faucet and would not turn. Life’s goofs.

I suspect your “customer” enjoys her kitchen.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 02-12-2020 11:47 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments.

Well done Forrest… do the whole shutter unit open door like? Maybe not, but if so, do the clear the sink faucet?

Glad to see someone caught the Forrest Gump reference.

dustyal – That’s some great observation skills. The left door above the sink clears the faucet, the right one does not. I knew it was going to be close.

We live in Texas. With the local heat and humidity, our windows are rarely open. If/when I do need to open it, I’ll just remove the three hinge pins on that side and lift the door out. Magnetic or roller catches would work better. I’ve seen others do it that way.

-- Dave, Texas

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