How to Build Board and Batten Shutters

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by Beneath My Heart

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 clicking on the link below.

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  • BobC 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

  • Lisa Spencer Lisa Spencer on Oct 31, 2021

    Where is the link to the video?????????????????

  • Dan67853167 Dan67853167 on Jun 30, 2022

    How do you then attach the shutters to the house?

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  • Sailor Sailor on May 10, 2023

    I’d like to also know how you attached them to the house.

  • Ron Ron on Sep 05, 2023

    Should have stained the wood before assembly to make sure that the backside of the horizontals was stained, and the front boards where the horizontal is attached. Those areas will still allow moisture to penetrate the wood.