We’re making farmhouse shutters from three pieces of pressure-treated 1-by-6 yellow pine.

By gang-cutting all three vertical pieces to length at one time, we speed up the process and ensure identical dimensions.

Depending on the size and your preference, you can use two or three horizontal pieces to join the verticals together. These shorter pieces can also be gang cut to save time.

We’re assembling the shutters upside down so we can conceal the fasteners by driving them in from the back.

We apply waterproof wood glue to each horizontal piece, slide it into position under the verticals, and then drive 1 and 1/4-inch coated deck screws through the verticals and into the horizontal piece.

Once the shutters are assembled, we sand them down to round off the edges and remove any splinters before we apply a wood stain to the front surface.

Next, we apply two coats of spar urethane to seal and protect the shutters before we install them on the house. 

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