Plantation Shutters

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Project by Steve posted 12-03-2013 03:53 PM 3391 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New to this site, so far I am amazed at how many people post their projects on here! While I’ve grown up around hobbyist wood workers, I have recently started making more complicated projects and find it very relaxing and rewarding.

Here I made plantation shutters using Rockler’s jig system. I made the mistake of buying 5/4 wood from home depot and I paid for it by fighting bent/twisted/knotted wood… I did buy the pre-made slats from Rockler which made the project much easier.

I don’t have a picture of the shutters completely closed with the latch.

Here is a video I put together:

Overall I’m really impressed with Rocklers shutter/jig system.

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 06:32 AM

Hi Steve
Welcome to Ljs
Very cool plantation shutters.


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#2 posted 12-04-2013 11:51 AM

Nice job,

PS. nice video too. Loving that Vintage DeWalt RAS! A real beauty

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 12:50 PM

Yeah it’s a saw that used to be my grandfathers. I think it takes 8” blades but I’ve been running 7 1/4” so it limits the thickness.

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 12:58 PM

Excellent RAS – is that a full 9” blade in the saw? What kind?

So you drilled the ends of the shutter slats for dowels, I take it? Had no idea that’s how shutters would be made. I’m thinking getting all to line up for glue-up was fun. :-)

Love the video, great angles.

Don’t know what it’s called, but the vertical piece that attaches to the shutter slats – what hardware was used / how did that come together?

Man, a ton of work for those four shutters. Hats off, nice job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 01:03 PM

Yeah assembly was quite the trick.

For the control arm Rockler uses little metal push-in clips, one goes on the louver and the other on the control arm.":

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#6 posted 12-05-2013 01:26 AM

Nice job – Good video! Welcome to LJ’s!!

-- --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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