Pre-drilled Stiles

If you’re thinking of building your own shutters, we’ve just made your job a whole lot easier.

We now have pre-drilled stiles available for the 64 and 89mm louvre sizes.

Proper hole spacing is vital for properly working shutters.

So call us on 08454 890314 or 01 5065574 (ROI) for details.

Posted by Hugo Clancy. 5 October 2014

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DIY Shutters – Joints

One of the most important parts of a shutter panel is the joint where the vertical stiles meet the horizontal top and bottom rails.

We use the Festool Domino mortise & tenon system for making our joints.

It replicates the traditional mortise & tenon joint but is a lot less expensive and time-consuming to machine.

The picture below from our workshop shows top, middle and bottom rails cut to size and mortised for the Domino joint.

Note the bottom rails on the left have an extra mortise bored, to allow extra domino tenons to be fitted, thus increasing the overall strength of the joints and hence the panels themselves.

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For the DIY enthusiast, these are really easy to glue up and clamp together, and trust me, once left clamped overnight, that joint ‘aint coming apart!

Let us know if you have any queries on our range of ready-made shutters – available with a lead time of 3-4 weeks, or our flat pack shutters with a lead time of just 7-10 working days.

Posted by Hugo Clancy. 17 June 2014

 

Shutter Jigs Now Available!

After many months of planning and design, our exciting range of jigs for making plantation shutters is now available in our online store.

Our range of jigs consists of a stile jig for accurate drilling of louvre pin holes in the stiles; a louvre jig for accurate drilling of holes in louvre ends, and a mouse hole jig for routing out the notch that the tilt rod closes into in the top and mid-rail.

All three can be purchased as a set at a cost of £189 plus delivery, representing a £20 saving on buying each jig individually.

These shutter jigs are guaranteed to save you a lot of time and hardship if you are planning on making your own shutters, so if you’ve got a couple of windows to do, they are well worth the investment.

Hugo Clancy.

5 October 2013

Want to Build Your Own Shutters?

Over the past few months, we’ve seen a big increase in the number of people who want to have a go at making their own shutters.

ImageWith the right materials, a little planning and help from ourselves, it’s really not that difficult.  And you can save yourself hundreds, if not thousands if you’ve got a number of windows to do, and there’s no waiting around for 8 or 9 weeks for them to arrive from a factory in China!

So over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting articles here showing you how to get started and taking you through the various processes involved.

In the meantime, you might like to visit our online store where you’ll see all the wooden shutter components along with the specialist shutter hardware you’ll need.

Hugo Clancy.

14 May 2013

Of All The Joints…..!

I have another business called Shuttercraft which offers a full measuring and installation service for plantation shutters in Ireland. This initially involves calling to customers homes with samples and carrying out a survey of their windows.

In the ten years we’ve been carrying out home surveys, we could count on one hand the number of times we have been asked by customers, one of the most important questions relating to the actual shutters themselves;

WHAT KIND OF JOINT IS HOLDING THE SHUTTER PANEL TOGETHER?

It’s understandable.  As long as the sample isn’t loose around the joints, it isn’t an issue many think important.  However if you have a six or seven foot wide window with bi-folding shutter panels, believe me it’s probably the most important factor in determing the quality of shutter you are buying and how long those shutters are going to last.

Chances are the joint is made using either wooden dowels or it’s a mortise & tenon constructed joint. Ask any cabinet maker worth his salt and he’ll tell you the mortise & tenon joint cannot be beaten, mainly due to it’s increased surface area which allows for greater glue adhesion.

AT SHUTTERPLUS WE ONLY USE MORTISE & TENON JOINTS IN OUR SHUTTER PANELS.

Built strong to last long I suppose you could say.

Don’t forget to ask!

Hugo Clancy

5 December 2011