The louvered doors come with a track and are designed to be hung from an upper door frame. You can use regular hinges and throw the track away. In the image above you see my temporary plywood countertop. This will be replaced soon, and you can't see the bottom of the shutters because of the cabinet height.
You can probably see that they don't close completely. They are actually about 1 inch wider than the window. You have several choices on how to handle this. One is to just let them jut out a little bit. I think this looks fine, except that it means I can't get my cabinets all the way flat against the wall. I could use a plane and shave 1/8" off both sides of each shutter. I do have to wonder what the chances are that I would get them all straight and level. The third option is to use an outside mount. This is what I plan to eventually do. Below are some links that will show you the options for installing and mounting plantation shutters. You will find some good diagrams that show the many available options. Because windows are often out of square you may find an outside mount may be the easiest way to go.
This project was done by a women. Do it herself and save!
Tools I used which will make the job much easier are listed below. I have found that most problems occur because of not having the proper tools. Think how much money you are saving by doing this yourself. Invest some of your savings in tools that you will be able to use for future projects.
Ryobi 10 In. Compound Miter Saw - (about $99.00) I was going to be lazy and not bolt this to the table like the instructions said. After all I was only cutting small molding. Glad I changed my mind and bolted it down. This saw has a lot of torque when it starts up!
Ryobi Cordless Nailer/Stapler - (about $70.00) This does not come with the battery and charger but I already have two that came with my circular saw and drill. I appreciated only having to pay for the tool and not another battery. The nailer uses the Ryobi Single Battery Pack that is compatible with all Ryobi 18V tools & chargers. If you don't already have one it can be purchased seperately. I bought an electric stapler - brad nailer and returned it because it wouldn't drive the nails very deep. They Ryobi is awesome and being cordless is a great plus. Dewalt also has a nice 18v finish nailer but it costs over 4 times as much as the Ryobi.
Ryobi tools are lower cost than most and great for household use. If you are a contractor using a tool all day long every day you probably want to pay the higher price for brands like DeWalt, Bosch and others. Ryobi tools can be found at Homedepot.com
Self centering hinge bit - I just found out about these little gems and ordered one. You are going to need to put hinges on the outside of your shutters. So you hold up the hinge, mark the hole and predrill. They never line up exactly right. This tool makes mounting hinges a snap and gives you a perfectly centered hole every time. The outer portion centers itself on the hole in the hinge, then just press and drill. They are available in several different sizes, depending on what size screws you will be using.Click Here to Check Out the Self Centering Drill Bit
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Plantation Shutters, New Yankee Workshop DVD
|Now if you are really industrious you may want to create some standard type plantation shutters, in which case you probably need to order some Plantation Shutter Plans. Who better to learn from then good old Norm.
| Norm shows you how to make your own custom plantation shutters for an inexpensive price. He starts by building a selection of jigs for drilling holes, setting staples and mortising hinges. After machining the Basswood slats, he mounts them on a control rod and frames the assembly. The completed shutters are then painted and installed, resulting in smooth operation and a truly impressive appearance. Includes measured shop drawings.
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Plantation Shutter Installation
Shutter Classic Installation Instructions
Atlanta Shutters - Shows how to attach hinges, attach hanging strips and align your shutters.
Do It Yourselfer builds his own plantation shutters.
HGTV - Do it yourself twig shutters
Discovery Channel - Birch twig shutters
||Interior Shutter Plan and Hardware
Rockler has the plans and hardware to install custom-made or store-bought shutters in any window in your home! Rockler rocks for woodworking tools & plans!
Interior Shutter Plan and Hardware