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I have old wood shutters that are falling apart. I replaced one a few years ago with a plastic shutter from the Big Blue Store. I has faded big time! I got an idea from the router bits advertised in the Woodcraft catalogue. There are bit sets for making doors. I wondered what bits or bit set I would need to make 10 shutters? The ones now are louvered but I want to make then solid like a cabinet door with a raised panel. Also, what would you WWers recommend for wood and finish? Many thanks in advance for your help.

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for wood... see the PDF's...
for finish... oil base paint base w/ UV inhibitors if you want clear...
high solids like Sikkens for color...

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Stick, thanks for the links.

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I like to use colored stains for outdoor use. This way I don't have to be bothered with chipping and painting. Pressure wash, let dry and apply another coat of stain.
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Where I am the wood would be western red cedar because it is local and plentiful. I've used this brand wood treatment and it's good stuff. https://www.flood.com/

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Bringing this to the top. I was wondering about another aspect of the shutters- wood movement. The shutters on the east end get the morning sun and would be subject to the sun for a good part of the day. Thanks again.
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John...I bought the Freud Adjustable Rail and Stile set with the quadracut panel bit...they make different profiles.

If all you are doing is 10 panels, maybe you can check out youtube videos that show how to do raised panel with only a table saw (flat profile). If you do this, a Slot Cutter would be helpful to make the slots in the rails and stiles.

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Those are bits for making the louvers. You shouldn't need to worry about wood movement that much I wouldn't think. The louvers and rails should be out of the same wood and running in the same direction so they should move more or less equally. Where you have problems is when you lock wood together that has grain going 90* to each other like in the raised panel of a cabinet door. The panel has grain going up and down and the rails are crossways. The rails won't allow the panel to expand and contract if you lock them together (as in a solid glue up).

I remember seeing an episode of New Yankee Workshop years ago where Norm built a set of louvers. Maybe there is a chance of finding it on you tube.

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