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  1. Plantation Shutters Part 3

    It's been a long few months since I've updated this thread. I haven't had a whole lot of time to work on the shutters and when I have, I've often rushed something and made a mistake. Here is a rundown of everything done since my first post.

    The rails and stiles are being made from Poplar. Since they are 1 1/8" thick, I had to start with 8/4 poplar since I could not find reasonably price 5/4 or 6/4 poplar.

    First, I cut a bunch of blanks from the poplar, planed and ...
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  2. Plantation Shutters Part 2

    Creating the elliptical profile was by far the trickiest part and involved a lot of trial and error until I found the optimal setup. Since I owned all the router bit profiles in the woodline set except for the louver provile, I did some searching and found a similar shutter profile from Eagle America (http://eagleamerica.com/architectura...rs/p/174-2805/ Profile O). The bit was expensive at $55, but I am a believer in spending my money on high quality router bits. It however was still cheaper than ...
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  3. Plantation Shutters Part 1

    In the past few weeks, there has been a lot of talk about plantation shutters. I just started on making some for our house yesterday and figured I would document my progress along the way for anyone else that's venturing into plantation shutters.

    The louvers will be made from basswood while all the other components will be made from poplar (purchased from creeker Tom Sontag at Lumber Logs).

    My first set of plantation shutters will be made for the following window, which ...
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  4. An update

    Well after couple of months of searching, it seems that a very likely prospect is at hand. I have worked hard to strengthen my knee and regain the flexibility, much to my doctor's surprise. He was surprised with the progress I had made back in March but still felt that I would have permanent restrictrictions. Since then I have continued to work on my knee and have now achieved a functional knee that has my doctor scratching his head. I have been released to go back to full duty with no restrictions. ...
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  5. Who was the other Englishman?

    William Morris (1834-1896) can be considered the father of the Arts & Crafts
    Movement. He was an artist, writer, socialist and entrepreneur.

    I'll get to him next..
    and his chair!
    wc
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