How to Make Cedar Shutters


Cedar shutters are durable. They are naturally resistant to insect infestation, decay, termites and moisture. They can be painted, stained or left in their natural condition.
This cedar shutter project is for the board and batten style, which has vertical boards and horizontal cross members called battens. The cedar for making shutters comes in various grades. The highest quality is the clear heart grade. This is wood cut from the center of the cedar tree. It is a darker wood with few to no flaws. Other grades of cedar to use for a shutter have knots.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 cedar boards (1 inch by 6 feet)
  • Wood glue
  • 2 long clamps
  • 8 wood screws 1 1/2 inches long
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Wood saw
  • Sandpaper (medium and fine)
  • Soft cloth
  • Drill and bits


  • Measure a length of 48 inches on each of the six cedar boards. Draw a line across the board from side to side using the pencil.

  • Cut the boards along the mark line, and set aside.

  • Take four of the remaining 24-inch smaller pieces, and starting at one end, measure a length of 18 inches. Draw a line across the board from side to side.

  • Smooth the boards with the medium sandpaper. Follow with the fine sandpaper until the all of the boards are smooth. Wipe with a soft cloth.

  • Place three of the 48-inch boards side by side on a level surface. Check the wood pattern to see if it is what you want. Interchange boards until a desired combination is found.

  • Move the boards slightly apart, and apply glue. Move boards together and clamp. Repeat for the other three 48-inch boards. Allow to dry. Remove the clamps when the glue is dry.

  • Measure 12 inches down from the top of the glued boards, and draw a mark. Measure 12 inches up from the bottom, and draw a mark.

  • Find the center of the batten at each end. Place the battens horizontally along the 12-inch mark lines with the center over the line. Clamp in place. Repeat for the other shutter. Turn the shutters over.

  • Drill three holes through the batten. Each centered over the board underneath. Repeat for each batten. Screw in the screws.

Tips & Warnings

  • These cedar shutters can be used inside or outside. They can either be decorative where they are bolted to the wall or utilitarian where hinges are set on the window side of each shutter. Wooden dowels can be used instead of the screws. Glue these into place.

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