Making house shutters

marys1000March 28, 2005

I just did a quick look on line.

Vinyl shutters are about 30-40 bucks then it jumps up to 230 or so for composite, wood, then double that for fiberglass.

How hard would it be to make house shutters? I'm not a wood worker but I could probably get some advice/oversight at the wood working shop on base if I had good instructions. Seems like this is something that wouldn't be too hard and could save some money. Obivously I'm not talking raised panel but the board and batten style look pretty easy? Course the birdhouse I built looks like a 3rd grader built it:(


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It can be simple or complicated, depending on the design of the shutter.
Years ago, with a LOT fewer tools than I have now, I made some with vertical 1x3s, spaced about 1/2" apart, and horizontal 1x4 pieces near the top and bottom. I mounted them with 2" square pieces of wood in back to make them stand out from the wall. You can probably find pre-primed 1x boards at a contractor's supply yard to make the painting go faster.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2005 at 9:26AM
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I looked and looked for some plans but couldn't find any.
Now what?
Its a new house - I don't want it to look amateur.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2005 at 8:27PM
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I'm also in a new house, and looking for advice/ideas/plans for making board and batten shutters! I'll post any info here if I find it. I saw some on a house today on my way home from picking my son up from school...I might stop by there and ask them if I can look at them up close and maybe phtograph them. The worse that can happen is they say no, right? :)

Julie on Virginia's Middle Peninsula

    Bookmark   April 12, 2005 at 10:39PM
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A while back, there was an article in Woodsmith magazine or Wood magazine, I believe, on making your own wooden shutters. Both magazines have websites to go to for back issue searches and information.
You might also try Home Handyman for information as well as Workbench magazine put out by the same people who publish Woodsmith.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2005 at 3:25PM
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As Seen on TV........Ron Hazelton

Here is a link that might be useful: New Orleans Style Shutters

    Bookmark   April 15, 2005 at 10:13AM
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There are several web sites "out there" that have plans ans instructions for making Plantation Shutters. (Google on "Plantation Shutters"). There was a two-part New Yankee Workshop show on Shop Jigs a while back. One of the jigs is for making fixed shutters or cafe doors (the slats don't open). The video and plans from that program are avaiable through the NYS site.

-- Steve

    Bookmark   April 16, 2005 at 11:39AM
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I just replied to something to a blog that I found in making shutters on Try this link which gives you some how to do plans for a fixed louver type, please read my comment )

Here is the link and good luck with your project:


Here is a link that might be useful: Kestrel Shutters & Doors

    Bookmark   October 10, 2008 at 3:17PM
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Here are some shutter plans. These are for indoors but the same construction methods can be used.

Here is a link that might be useful: window shutters free woodworking plans

    Bookmark   October 11, 2008 at 11:44AM
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Here is a link to some instructions and diagrams. Hope it helps.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 2:14PM
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Board and batten are about as simple as it gets.

Raised panel types are a littler tougher, but the router bits to cope and stick the frame are easily found, and panel raising is not very hard on a router (or even a table saw).

    Bookmark   March 11, 2009 at 4:42PM
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