Many people who enjoy creating decorative items for their home often get stuck when they try to make shutters because of the absence of proper guidance. It is important that you use a reliable source of directions to make window shutters because not all tutorials have a perfect explanation. If you are someone who is on a look out on how to make shutters, you will first need to decide on what are your requirements and where exactly are you planning to use these shutters.
When it comes to making your own window shutters, people often get confused and are always under the impression that it is such a difficult job and worry about how they will be able to complete it. For any job, confidence is important and of course, with the right dedication and a significant amount of hard work, you will be able to master the art of building shutters yourself. You will find several resources on the internet that claim to teach you about the art of making shutters. Maybe a few of them will be legitimate and will guide you through and teach you how to make shutters.
But the choice of tutorial is of prime importance. This is because once you choose a tutorial, it is not a good idea to shift between tutorials because the first one taken was not good enough in guiding you through the process. So make sure that you follow the best set of instructions rather than just following any manual blindly. When the question of how to make shutters comes up, make sure that you are prepared to put in the right effort and focus on what you are actually trying to accomplish. If there is some professional to teach you on how to make shutters, then your work will be half done as he can show you each step rather than you reading some random tutorial and trying the process of making shutters.
So try your best to find someone to help you out with the learning process and the rest is up to you, like as to how committed you are for doing the job. Many times, people blindly believe that it is a difficult work to accomplish and it will take up all of their leisure time which they would rather spend doing some other fun jobs. Unless you try it out, you wouldn’t be able to feel the fun in the shutter making process.
The thought of getting caught unprepared by what most people would describe as ‘unwanted guests’ in the house such as storms, pests, heavy rain water, cold and warm wind, and even thieves can add to one’s daily stress. However, one can do something to prevent or at least minimize the damages brought about by these unwanted forces. That said, one should learn or hire a contractor to make shutters for your house’s windows.
On one’s leisure time, learning how to make shutters can be both fun and challenging. Not having tried doing any carpentry tasks before, building window shutters can be a quite difficult undertaking, but if one is up for the challenge, he or she can find a lot of information on the Internet on how to build shutters. More often than not, this information are comprehensive enough for any novice to follow.
Below are some of the tips that one can use to supplement his knowledge of how to make shutters for the house’s windows.
Choose a wood that is particularly straight and finishes good. For example, one can use basswood to make shutters. Basswood is ideal to use not only because it is straight but also because it has an indistinct wood grain that can produce a beautiful finish when stained.
Determine how to attach the shutters. One has to keep in mind that interior and exterior shutters have different requirements. Simply put, both types would usually require an entirely different approach. For instance, interior shutters should be mounted on the window frame and the overall size of the shutters should be about one-fourth inch less on each side of the frame. Shutters made for outside of the window installation should be made slightly wider than the total measurement of the window and should be fitted with hang strips on each panel.
When installing louvers, one needs to make sure that they are slightly overlapped to stop the light from entering the room. Louvers are usually movable or adjustable shutters that pivot on pins connecting the stiles. The holes for each pin must be drilled in a uniform distance to keep the louvers horizontally straight. All louvers should be connected to the tilt bar so it can be rotated in unison.
Indoor shutters have different panel configuration. Depending on one’s preference or needs, a shutter may consist of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 panels. One can make a good shutter by fitting the stiles in between panels.
Make shutters more eye-catching by giving them a good quality paint or stain. Choose a color that will complement or match the surroundings of the room. Before applying paint, one needs to prepare the shutter’s surface thoroughly by sanding, priming, and sanding it once again. When staining, make sure that stain drips on the shutter’s surface must be wiped off and the stain must be covered with clear coat to get the best staining result.
Finally, when making plantation shutters, one should choose either the standard shutters or the traditional ones. Normally, standard shutters are 1-1/8-inch thick while the traditional ones are 3/4-inch thick. Shutter louvers should be spaced between 1-1/2 to 5 inches.