How to Build Custom Cedar Shutters.

How to Build Custom Cedar Shutters

How to Build Custom Cedar Shutters. Adding classic shutters to your windows is an easy way to give them some character. This cedar shutter project is a great DIY for anyone on a budget. With just a few basic tools, you can have these shutters up in no time.

Customize the look of your home’s exterior with shutters you can build and paint yourself. This project is simple to do and completely customizable.

Just combine various cedar boards up to six inches wide until you achieve the desired width. Then, paint your favorite shade. We’ll show you how to create your own house shutters in just a few easy steps.

What You Need

  • Tape measure
  • 1×4 cedar boards
  • 1×6 cedar boards
  • 1×2 cedar boards
  • Compound miter saw
  • Hammer drill
  • Kreg K4 Master System
  • 1 1/4-inch coarse Kreg screws
  • Hand sander and 120-grit sandpaper
  • Brad nailer
  • Paintable caulk
  • Oil-base primer
  • Exterior paint
  • Masonry bit
  • 3/16×1 3/4-inch masonry screws
  • Level

Step 1: Measure and Cut

  • You will need:
  • -One 1×4
  • -Two 1×6s
  • -A compound miter saw


  1. Measure the height and width of your window.
  2. Cut the 1×4 and 1×6 boards to the height of your window.
  3. The shutter width should be about half the window width.
  4. Assemble the shutters and install them on your window.

Step 2: Join Boards Together

Before getting started, make sure you have the Kreg K4 Master System on hand. With this, you’ll be able to drill pocket holes every 6-8 inches along one long side of each 1×6 plank. To edge-join the 1×6 boards to either side of the 1×4, use 1 1/4-inch Kreg screws.

Step 3: Attach Middle Rail

Cut the 1×2 boards to the desired height for the vertical rails. Attach them to the shutter using a brad nailer. Measure the distance between the two rails and cut three horizontal rails. Attach the middle rail and caulking all joints.

Step 4: Prime and Paint

Prime and paint your shutter and the unattached top and bottom rails. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 5: Mark and Drill

To install shutters, start by marking the placement of the shutters alongside the window. Next, drill pilot holes near the top and bottom edges of the shutter. Then, use a hammer drill to make a pilot hole in the house.

Step 6: Hang Shutters

Hang your shutter using masonry screws, making sure it’s level before securing the bottom. Attach the top and bottom rails, covering the screwheads. Repeat this process to make more shutters.

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