How To Make Window Shutters

House Style | Posted by Jannie on 16 May 2010 @ 1:49 PM 45 Comments


Begin with one (preferably non-shuttered) window…


Procure some 1″ thick pine boards, dressed. (Naked ones are far too sassy.)


Cut boards to desired shutter height, less the height you want your 2 “end caps” to be. More on end caps in a minute.

Glue and clamp boards together for desired shutter width…


Depending on how busy your life is, allow glue to dry for 12 to 1700 hours.  Usually 12-24 hours is just the ticket.

Trim off any uneven ends…


Measure something…


Next… cut the end caps, same thickness and width as the shutters.

If possible, make funny faces when you saw, to improve performance…


The finished shutters in this blog post are 35.5″ high — 31.5 inch boards, with a  2″ end cap at the top, and another 2″ end cap at the bottom.

(Actually, I’m not even sure if “end cap” is the real term, but it hopefully gets my point across.)


Careful with that blade!!


Whee!!!  This is fun.

Gaze lovingly upon your growing pile of end caps — you’re doing a great job!


Stock up on them if you’ve  numerous windows to beautify.

Drill cute little holes in them.


Keep drilling — that whirring sound is so much fun!  Whirrr. Whirrrrr.  I could listen to that all day.  And sometimes do!

(Many of you know we’ve been remodeling and adding onto and more adding onto our house for 17 years now!  And more MORE adding on, but the more MORE will keep — we’ve years of blogging fun ahead — no need to rush into all this at once, right?  Right!)


Wow — nice drilled holes!  They look to be on 3″ centers.  4″  maybe?  (That’s carpenter lingo for — the holes are 3″ to 4″ apart.)

I’ve picked up scads of carpenter lingo over the years — such as “dressed” lumber, plinth blocks, 7-step crown moulding, wainscotting, finials, and coffered ceilings — to name but a few in my now vast woodworker’s vocabulary.)


Next… while your wife / photographer is in the house drinking wine and blogging, screw the end caps to the glued boards.

Trim off any uneven edges.


These don’t really need to be sanded — but sand if you desire.

Measure something again…


I’m not sure what gets measured or why, but measuring seems to be a good thing.

Meanwhile, back at some ranch or another — make a template for moons (if you like moons.) Stars are good if you fear moons look too “out-housey.” Any design of your choosing works, of course.  I notice cut-outs of 3-legged goats and flying cats are making a comeback.


Trace your moon onto what’s beginning to look a lot like a shutter.


Do a little jig with your jigsaw…


But not really.  NEVER dance while using power saws.  Or close your eyes. But you CAN do as many standing buttock tucks as you’d like while sawing — they’re actually encouraged for the best finished product.

Looking good!!


While your wife / photographer is in the house drinking more wine, paint the shutters.


To the bottom of each shutter, attach a hinge and a hook…


To the top of each shutter, attach another hinge — on the same edge as the bottom hinge!


Line up where you’ll screw the hinges on the windowframe… And watch out for mysterious clinging leaves…


Enlisting child labor is ALWAYS a good idea…


Next comes the part where the wine-soaked wife puts down the iPhone camera to hold the shutters while the huband screws them onto the windowframes.

Here’s the kind of wine the wife was drinking for this set of shutters — something cheap, yet upliftingly nonchalant with undertones of blatant anonymity and a whisper of smokey bravado.


Remember that hook 103 photos above?

It goes into an eye.

Use a masonry bit to drill the eye’s hole (if you’re working with masonry.) If you’re not working with masonry, give three “Whoo-hoos!” that you only have to drill into wood.)  (Unless you’re drilling into solid steel.  I know nothing about drilling into solid steel.  Or aged teak.)


Presto, the shutter is held back!



And that’s (pretty-much) how to make this kind of shutter — which, I must add — are decorative only, as per the way they are attached to the frames, and not meant to be closed to protect the window glass.  If you’re looking for that kind of shutter, I’ll be posting a how-to on them in October, 2016.

Thank you.

Any questions?


With Love,  Jannie


P.S.  If  I am posting less than usual this coming week — please don’t worry —  I’ll be out scampering around the blogosphere reading all YOUR awesomeness, answering comments on this post, writing Actual Snail-Mail Letters, cleaning out the fridge (and freezer!) continuing with Kelly’s bedroom make-over, finally stenciling Kirsten’s chairs, and baking cherry pies — but not necessarily in that order.

xoxo again.

EDIT:  For LANCE!! Yes, my shutter guy is also very much a tree-house making guy!!

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  • 1

    On 19 May 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Mama Zen said, 

    Thank you very much for the kind mention of my Three Legged Cat design shutters. Please tell your readers that I also have Lifting Hind Leg Dog and Raising Tail Cow designs available.

  • 2

    On 19 May 2010 at 5:50 pm

    sheila said, 

    Gosh this guy just does it all doesn’t he???????? Wow, nice job! Kelly’s reaction is hysterical, lol!

  • 3

    On 20 May 2010 at 11:03 am

    Jannie said, 

    Dear Dr J.! Yes, I hadn’t thought of her cast colors as gators, until she mentioned a kid at school had said that too. You made me Google! :) (Not a football person here, more of an ice hockey gal. )

    Dear Mama Z!! I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed as hard or as long at anyone’s comment as I did over your leg-lifting dog and tail-lifting cow one. Ahhhhh, ya oughta take your show on the road!! :)

    Dear Sheila!! He has no chainsaw, and is not a fan of hanging doors, or installing cabinet drawers… but he does ’bout everything else, that’s for sure!! Kelly’s a ham!! And Erika always so sweet and Mini Miss America-esque for the camera. 😉



  • 4

    On 20 May 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Viola said, 

    I dearly love your poem song you wrote for the Rally. Your husband woodwork skills reminds me of my favorite brother-in-law. There is nothing he can’t make or build, and is forever with a tool in his hands. Very lovely post my friend. I hope this comment finds you well.

  • 5

    On 21 May 2010 at 2:20 pm

    smArtee said, 

    those are awesome….I love the color and the moon…they look somewhat easy to do..I love your foot and the wine…I am drinking today…bud with lime….Mmmmm and Im bloggin ..its my first time…no schedules, or time limits…just me my drink and my computer…Ahhh what a life…!..yes after an awful saga regarding out tub…but things sre fine now..Have a great weekend..!

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