Does anyone have any experience in building or modifying plantation
shutters? We're looking at using them in four windows in our house. The
custom made shutters cost $900+, and the pre-fab vinyl shutters at
Lowes don't fit our windows (height-wise).
So I'm considering either building some from scratch, or potentially
modifying the vinyl ones from Lowes. I wonder how hard it would be to
cut off the top 'stile' from the shutter, shorten the rails a bit and
remove some slats, then re-attach the top style...
Here's a link to the product at Lowes...
Any thoughts on building or modifying would be much appreciated!
I'm in North Carolina, so we definitely see some humidity variances
from summer to winter. The shutters will be in a shaded, east-facing
I consider myself an amateur craftsman- I have built several pieces of
furniture and other items. I have all the standard hand-held power
tools along with a table saw and a router table.
Thanks for your thoughts.
At the price in your url, it may well be worth throwing away $60 just to see
how reworking the vinyl plantation shutters would turn out.
As an alternative, this guy sells plans, and a video, IIRC ... may be worth
Here in Houston, the average window treatment with plantation shutters is
about $1K each. I saved the virtually new wooden ones that were in
the old house we tore down to build the current one. I had to re-work most
of them myself to make them fit the new windows, but managed to do that with
seven of them, for a considerable savings.
During the process of re-fitting, I was amazed at how little there was to
them, and how easy they would be to build. These were top dollar units and
they were held together with miter joints and sheet rock screws. I would
look for a commercial source for the slats if possible, but it would be
interesting to see how the guy with the above plans handles the slats.
Where there's a will, there's a way ... Good luck.
IIRC, when we installed them at our place (three bedrooms), having them
custom built and installed by a pro (I am sometimes tapemeasure challenged)
was a no-brainier. Shop around. We were fortunate to find a guy who had
never done them before, but was willing to take a chance... at no charge to
us if he screwed up.
Gave me the time to make other sawdust in the shop and not worry abut
something as potentially disastrous as making them myself. Took the same
approach with new cabinet doors. It was easier to order them (Rockler) and
install them than other options. I'd still be making door number 8 or so...
out of 25!!! This way SWMBO has a nice neat kitchen for the Holiday's and I
get brownie points.
vaguely proposed a theory
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Crikey! You're one of those snaggy, wimpy _sensible_ DIYers. I spit on
you! You are a shame to all of us hopeless DIY addicts who spend 3
days making a stuff-up of what the pros can do well in an hour! By the
20th door you would have been halfway good at it, and had the
satisfaction of knowing that if you are _ever_ asked again, you will
only have to build ten doors before you get the hang of it again, 5
years from now.
How can you _progress_ in your search for true self, unless you do it
as hard a way as poissible. Boy!
Well, the site doesn't like firefox but if these are inside
shutters take a look at
I thought I had another shutter building link but I must have
saved in a not currently obvious location.
: Any thoughts on building or modifying would be much appreciated!
I may be totally 'off-base' here, but if 'plantation shutters' are any thing
like louvered bifold doors (in construction only), here are some swinging
doors that I've constructed from an old set (pics in
alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking - Subject: Swinging Doors). It really
wasn't difficult to dis-assemble the doors, just doweled and glued... smack
it with a mallet...
Woddsmith No. 151 (Feb/March 2004) shows everything you ever wanted to know
on building Louvered Shutters. I'm not sure what plantation shutters are. At
one time, I thought they were just louvered shutters with wider slats.
Think "really large ventian blinds"....
Lowell Holmes wrote:
Woodsmith No. 151 (Feb/March 2004) shows everything you
ever wanted to know on building Louvered Shutters. I'm not
sure what plantation shutters are. At one time, I thought
they were just louvered shutters with wider slats.
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