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LSUdude3756
Member since Jun 2015
457 posts

DIY Shutters
Looking to build some out of cypress and stain them. Anyone have a good link or done something similar?


poochie
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Houma, la
Member since Apr 2007
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re: DIY Shutters
Don’t do cypress. Unless you’re doing old growth cypress. In which case you’re too rich to be doing your own shutters.

(New cypress is very prone to rot)

Really, cedar is the answer.

What style are you looking for?


Possumslayer
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re: DIY Shutters
I’m using cedar fence planks to make mine


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MotorBoater
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Hammond
Member since Sep 2010
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re: DIY Shutters
Most builders are using pre primed redwood these days. That is if you are painting them. For a non operable shutter that is stained I would just use a cedar fence board. Cheap and should last for years.


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hungryone
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re: DIY Shutters
Spanish cedar is a far better choice than cypress.


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Clames
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re: DIY Shutters
I built mine from cedar 1x material and decorative gate hardware, finished with several coats of spar varnish.


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LSUdude3756
Member since Jun 2015
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re: DIY Shutters
Sorry, will be using cedar not cypress. Any articles on styles for layout?


gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: DIY Shutters
quote:

Don’t do cypress. Unless you’re doing old growth cypress. In which case you’re too rich to be doing your own shutters.


This in a nutshell. Also, the newer cypress will cup badly when exposed to heat. I made some replacement shutters for an apartment building in the French Quarter many years ago and used newer cypress. I primed and painted them that dark green that is so popular with functioning shutters and hung them. Within a couple months I had to remake most of them due to cupping and used Spanish Cedar the second time with absolutely no issues-------other than cost of materials.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: DIY Shutters
quote:

Sorry, will be using cedar not cypress. Any articles on styles for layout?


Pretty sure if you google "building shutters" you will get tons of ideas on different styles.


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poochie
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Houma, la
Member since Apr 2007
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re: DIY Shutters
An easy good looking one is board and batten with tongue and groove cedar. Then bevel all the edges and use Spanish cedar for the battens.

I would also recommend gluing everything.


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TheGodfather
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baton rouge
Member since Feb 2007
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re: DIY Shutters
if you are painting them and doing a basic board and batten don't use cypress or cedar. go to a lumberyard and get either duraprime or design pine. you'll save yourself about 4 times the money and they will hold up better.


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