How to build a louvered door?


I am building a 8' high by 4' wide book case. The only thing unusual about it is that the bottom 2.5' will house a wall mounted air conditioner. I want to build a louvered door (2.5' x 4' wide) to hide the AC. Is there a good reference on how to build louvers? I imagine it is simply a matter of routing diagonal slots for them, but it would be nice to learn from someone elses mistakes... Thanks.
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I believe that Nahm demonstrated this once on a show. I am not a big Nahmite, so I can't tell what the project was or how long ago. I also don't know how useful his site is, but maybe there is something there that you can use.
SteveP

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Toller wrote:

Check NYW.
Norm built a louver jig a few years ago.
Lew
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I believe one of the earlier issues of Woodsmith (Issue #37 maybe) featured a louver jig as well. Post some pics when your done and best of luck !
Lenny

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wrote:

Moveable louvres, Toller? How big did you want the slats to be?
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Perfect job for the RAS!
R

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Norm's version http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct3.cgi?9905 (you will need the video to understand the jig construction)
or
http://www.atlanticmach.com/standard/groover.html
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You can simply use an angled miger gague on your TS, with a box joint jig (long board screwed to the gague with a pin) to cut the slots in your side pieces (stiles?)- with a dado head set to the thickness of your louvers. Make sure the boards that you are slotting have additional length to them, as it gets kinda hairy trying to cut the last four or so slots without the extra length. Measure the length of that slot (from longest to longest), plane your louvers to the thickness of your slots & rip the edges of the louvers so the edges of the louvers are angled to match the front of the frame. You could do the same with a router table & a box joint jig i would imagine, though Ihave not done it that way. Also, the RAS could be used with a dado head & the RAS head turned to cut your appropriate angle. Make sure you engineer a stop system so the slots are the same distance apart. Remember, the larger the louvers (in width) and the greater the angle of the louver the less slots you have to make. HTHs Phil
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