Want to give your home some rustic curb appeal? Then build these slatted shutters.

They are made entirely from 1-by-4 cedar, nails and wood glue and couldn’t be easier to build.

Materials Needed

Things To Consider Before Starting

Remember to wear safety glasses — your protection is the most important thing.

Exact measurements depend on your project. Once you determine the width of each shutter, begin cutting 1-by-4s to that dimension.

Since all these shutters are the same width, we’re setting up a “stop block,” or “jig,” to make multiple cuts at the same measurement.

We’re also ripping several pieces lengthwise down to 1 and 5/8 inches wide for the frame around each shutter.

Once you’ve done this, read on for how to build the shutters.

Steps To Build Slatted Shutters

1. Prep the Wood

Rip several 1-by-4s lengthwise, down to 1 and 5/8 inches wide, for the frame around each shutter.

Seal the slats with a clear spar varnish to bring out the natural wood’s beauty. Then paint the framework pieces with black paint. Let dry.

2. Assemble the Slats

It’s time to assemble the shutters. Begin assembly with another jig. We’re using two 1-by-4s screwed to our worktable to align the slats. This way, the ends are even.

3. Prep the Trim Boards

Cut the trim boards to length with a 45-degree miter on each end. A blue chalk line on the jig boards allows trim pieces to be installed with a quarter-inch of overhang beyond the slats.

4. Secure Trim to Slats

Use Titebond III Ultimate Wood Glue and at least one nail through every slat to attach the trim to the slats. Make sure all the trim is secure.

Nails and wood glue hold these shutters together. That’s all!
You always want to cover up the ends to conceal those imperfections.

5. Cover the Ends

Add quarter-inch strips on the edges of the slats to conceal the end grain and fill in that quarter-inch overhang.

6. Add Touch-Up Paint

Finally, touch up the paint around the shutters’ edges and let dry.

Now, your shutters are ready to hang — and prepare to wow your neighbors and visitors!  

Watch the video above to see the entire process!

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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