BobInAustin

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I've started on my shutters by buying everything from Rockler.  (Their website for calculating the shutter dimensions is awesome by the way.)  Their basswood is pretty pricey though so I was going to buy locally.  Neither of the hardwood dealers here has 6/4 basswood; only 4/4.  

These are going to be painted so can anyone see an issue with making the louvers from 4/4 basswood and the frames from 6/4 poplar?

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I've built some shutters using the Rockler kit. It makes it pretty easy to get a nice result. 

I used all poplar for mine and it worked very well. I made the Louvers as well with their router bit.   Getting the control arm clips in is a PITA! But you'll develop a routine and find a rhythm for it.    I with I would have painted before assembly, but since they were my first run with the kit, I wanted to make sure everything worked ok.... One of these days I'll find the time to spray them... When I make more I will definitely pre-paint everything.  

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Thanks everyone.  From what I've read, basswood is just stable, light and easy to finish.  That is why it is preferred.  Poplar is another choice wood but heavier.  

If I can get straight 4/4 basswood, I should be able to resaw that and get down to the 3/8 final stock I need.  Maybe that is too optimistic?

I am going to prefinish the ends of the louvers and probably the inside of the stiles.  Once assembled I was planning on spraying them.  I'm going to sand and prime the louvers before cutting them.  I also decided that every window that is the same size will get done at the same time. :) 

As far as the control arms, I am going with the hidden ones so I won't have to worry about all of those staples/clips.  

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With the 4/4 stock i get i could table saw rip and end up with just under 3/8" if your using a band saw 3/8 should be possible, It would be close.

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I get 5/16 + stock consistently when resawing 4/4. I get 13/16 S3S stock from my hardwood supplier. If you start with rough sawn it's much easier to get 3/8 but any boards with a cup need to be ripped before resawing.

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If resawing 4/4 stock be sure to buy extra.  Whenever resawing stock in half there is a chance some boards will turn into bananas.  

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