Custom Wood Plantation Shutters

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Project by ToddinNH posted 07-23-2012 11:53 PM 5694 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built a set of custom wood plantation shutters for my woodshop. I used Rockler’s new shutter building system and it was great! The project was fairly straight forward and I’d say anyone with intermediate woodworking skills can handle it.

Rockler has online software that creates shop drawings from your field measurements. They sell the jigs and also louvers. You supply the wood for the frames and control arms.

I built a pair of shutters in about 6 hours from start to finish.

You can read more about it here if you’re interested: How To Build Plantation Shutters

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 11:59 PM

Those are seriously cool and something I aspire to make, although I’ll never be able to afford the jig.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 12:01 AM

It was a fun project. If you ever need to build a bunch of them the jig ends up being reasonably priced.

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 02:26 AM

I purchased the jig several months ago and haven’t gotten around to building any shutters. I plan on making several shutters for my home and also for sale to customers so I fell like the cost is low compaire to having buy them.
A friend of mine spent over three thousand dollars in shutters based on the same style as these.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 06:32 PM

Do you have the option of making the louvers yourself in case you want to use a species they don’t offer?

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 08:49 PM

@saranss – They sell a router/shaper bit you could use to make your own. The only wood they sell is Basswood. Great question!

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#6 posted 07-30-2016 10:34 AM

This brings back memories from our molding plant. One of our main products were all of the standard and custom moldings that were involved with the manufacturing of plantation shutters. We supplied many of the people in the southeast and some beyond with whatever they needed to make these shutters.

Todd, you have done a wonderful job in the making of these shutters. They look great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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