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part of the project are combined - Posted By wooden (goodwood) on 7th Feb 20 at 3:13am
Things to consider at this time include:
How do you install your blinds on or in front of windows?
What size Louvre do you want?
Are your shutters solid wood or have moving shutters?
Is the tilt lever mounted on the side or middle of the blinds?
After you make these decisions, you will need to create a drawing for your project and then create a cut list.
You may find it helpful to use the set of plans available online.
What tools do you need?
To build your own plantation shutters, you need:
Screwdriver and / or electric screwdriver
Basic tools for measurement and marking
Apart from woodwork, the only special material you need is a pin that rotates the blinds.
Making the frame of the shutter panel
It is important to cut out the rungs (vertical portion) and the rungs (horizontal portion) of the louver frame from an experienced, sturdy hardwood.
The steps here are:
Use your table saw to cut your inventory into track and stilt sizes.
Omit the slat cuts.
Plan the rails and struts (plus slats) to the required thickness.
Give the railings and stilts any aesthetic features you want, such as routing a rounded edge around the edge.
The railing should have a siding edge (front on top and back on bottom) so that the shutters can enter when closed.
Mark the hole in the casement with a spacer to drill pin holes for the blinds there.
Using a drilling machine, carefully drill the hole into both pillars.
Make blinds slats for your blinds
The functions and forms of this part of the project are combined. The Louvre has two (four in total) rounded edges, giving it a smooth wing-like appearance.
If you plan on a comprehensive DIY, start from scratch project and cut your own slat from 2 x 4, it definitely makes sense to use the same stock as you build stilts and tracks.
The slat is torn to an approximate desired thickness.
Use a desk router to add a rounded edge to the opposite edge of all slats (the upper edge of the front, the lower edge of the back).
Get your workbench saw accurately and use a box fixture to cut your slat to the required length.
If you want to paint or stain your tracks, now is the time to do these.
Manufacturing operating parts
Your plantation shutters need a tilt lever to operate, and all shutters must be carefully connected with a small piece of wood. Cut a tilt bar hanger for each slat from the hard board.
Shaping and polishing of hangers. Stick them to the slats and nail them firmly.
Drill holes in the ends of the blinds, which can be used for pins.
Cutting, shaping and sanding the tilt bar.
If you use alder to make blinds, remember that it is more difficult to use than other hardwoods. It's a bit tight and the drill bit tends to clog if you don't walk slowly, give the drill
enough time to clear debris from the hole.
This is where your projects really start to come together, for the first time it looks like plantation shutters.
At this stage, you will:
Fix the railing to the left lintel with glue and screws. (Make sure the blind pin holes are facing in.)
Fix the wooden shutters with pins to the left lintel.
Place the pins on the right side of the blinds, and align them with the right casement. When everything is ready, use glue and screws to attach the right lintel to the top and bottom
Mark the holes from the pole hangers of the blinds on the tilted pole, and then use a drill to drill holes.
Fix the tilt bar to the hanger with screws.
Attach the hinge to the side of the blind and install it into the opening.
Add any required hardware-such as a knob to open the blinds or a magnetic stop to keep the blinds closed.
Pros and cons of making interior window shutters
At this point you can see how big the project for making wooden shutters is. If you want to try anything more important than the windows of your garden hut, it may require an affirmative
analysis before you begin.
The advantages of making your own shutters include:
Very fine detail control, such as the size of the Louvre.
Use any wood you want.
If you make several sets of blinds, you will save a little money.
It can be said that you did it yourself.
Now, the disadvantages of making blinds from scratch are:
Buy special equipment (such as shutter fixtures) and you may not use it anymore.
Youtube videos are your only technical support.
The infinite choice of detailed options means your project may fall into the planning stage.
Any mistake is on you.
If you use sub-optimal materials, you are more likely to have problems-such as the Louvre distortion.
Underestimate the time it takes to make a blind, especially if you are not a stubborn DIY expert.