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11-30-2019 01:15 AM

Just wondering if anyone has tried the Rockler plantation shutter parts\jigs? My wife is bugging me for some and it appears that buying online, I’m looking at $250-300 per window for 5 windows.

I don’t mind cutting pre-shaped parts and painting them but I don’t relish routing all tose louvers. Thought this might be a cheaper way but wasn’t sure about the quality.

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Rut


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#1 posted 11-30-2019 03:12 AM

Thanks for reminding me I have that setup and have not tried it out yet. Not sure what “cheaper way “your speeking of, do you mean a cheaper jig or cheaper source for shutters? A cheaper jig is to make one like Norm Abram made to use for making shutters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oONSAnKac8

https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#2 posted 12-01-2019 01:57 AM

Actually referring to the final cost of of the shutters.

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#3 posted 12-01-2019 02:55 AM

yeah ive used it to make 7 sets of shutters,the jigs and tools work perfect,you use there online software to give you a complete cut list and all the parts needed,very easy.ill tell ya though it’s a lot of work making all the parts,you can buy pre made louver stock but that cuts into the savings.i made everything myself and id say i got it done for a third of the cost plus i enjoyed doing it myself.check my projects and you can see mine.it’s a great system.if you need help just ask.

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#4 posted 12-02-2019 03:10 PM

I’ve made several sets of shutters. I do purchase the slats but mill up everything else. Piece of cake once you get rolling. Hardest part is painting them.

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#5 posted 12-03-2019 01:32 AM

Thanks for the info. pottz, I didn’t see any shutters in your projects link. I’ve seen different material offered as louver stock. Basswood, ployvinyl. When it comes to wooden louvers, does the wood type matter much?

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#6 posted 12-03-2019 01:49 AM


Thanks for the info. pottz, I didn t see any shutters in your projects link. I ve seen different material offered as louver stock. Basswood, ployvinyl. When it comes to wooden louvers, does the wood type matter much?

- rut

check again page 1 left side.i used basswood which is the recommended wood due to its light weight and shapes very well,but you could use anything really.id love to do some from a nice rich hardwood,wouldn’t have to paint them that way-lol,it’s a pita.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 12-03-2019 03:57 AM

Basswood is the usual wood for the louvers because it is very stable in this application. You can use any wood but others will be more prone to warp and twist. Shutters naturally see wide swings in temperature and humidity (condensation) One side can be much warmer and/or damper than the other and the basswood just handles it better than most other woods do.

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