How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

We just completed a makeover on a home near Nashville, Tennessee with Lowe's. It was a chance to give a home a fresh new look for spring after a very harsh winter.
The home owner was wanting to add new shutters to their windows, so we built them some board and batten shutters.
Here is our supply list:
1×6 poplar boards
1×4 poplar boards
compound miter saw
wood glue
nail gun and nails (1 1/4″, 18 gauge finish nails)
tape measure
sanding sponges
stain (We used MinWax Dark Walnut.)
rubber gloves and cloths for staining
paint sticks to use as spacers between boards
Our Lowe's helpers cut the boards to length and then assembled the shutters.
(CLICK ON THE LINK to view a short video of the whole process.)
We used paint sticks as "spaces" between the 1x6 board pieces. Then used wood glue and a nail gun to attach the horizontal 1x4 pieces.
After the shutters were built, we sanded the edges, and stained the fronts and backs with MinWax Dark Walnut stain.
So easy, but so beautiful! Check out the complete process by click on the link below.

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3 of 25 questions
  • Louise
    on Sep 28, 2019

    How were the shutters hung?

  • Pam
    on Dec 9, 2019

    Where is the link to watch the project video? It says it is there, but nothing I click has that video.

  • BobC
    on Aug 17, 2020

    Seems to me that the shutters appear to be non-functional. When it be better to be able to close them to protect the windows during a bad storm? To do so they would probably need some hinges pain locking mechanism. Good idea? Thanks. Bob

    • Megan Barker
      on Sep 30, 2020

      A lot of shutters, especially in Tennessee, are non-functional, decoration only. We don't really have to worry about window protection unless it's a tornado, and in that case, shutters won't do any good anyways.

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  • Joanie
    on Dec 13, 2019

    I love it ALL......great job fella's!! Everything looks fab !!!

  • Sierra
    on Aug 16, 2020

    I love these shutters. So much better than the one’s sold in stores. Great job!

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