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Rockler 2-1/2'' Movable Louver Template Set for Shutter System w/Front Control Arm
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Rockler Shutter Pins for 2-1/2'' and 3-1/2'' Movable Louvers - 50 Pack
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Rockler Shutter Control Arm Fastener (50 per pack)
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2-1/2" H x 1/2" Shank Rockler Shutter Louver Bit
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Mouse Hole Jig-It® for Movable Louvered Shutters
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Rockler Shutter Bead Router Bit - 7/8" Dia x 9/16" H x 1/2" Shank
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2-1/2'' Movable Louver w/Front Control Arm Shutter Jig and Hardware

Creating your own custom shutters is easy! First consult the Measuring Guide to obtain your dimensions. Then enter the shutter dimensions into the Design Wizard to get your FREE downloadable plan. The plan includes a detailed list of all the supplies you'll need to construct your custom shutters!

Step 1: Measuring Guide
Step 2: Design Wizard

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Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional woodworker, Rockler's 2-1/2'' Louver Shutter Template Set makes building your own Plantation-style Shutters easy and affordable. Build movable louver styles and save up to 75% over the cost of custom ordered shutters! It couldn't be easier with exclusive Rockler jigs, hardware, and pre-shaped louvers.

Plus, with our online Shutter Design Wizard, you'll get a FREE Downloadable Plan for creating custom shutters, complete with detailed technical drawings, cross-section diagrams, elevations, and lists of all the supplies you need to complete your project! Before entering your dimensions into the design wizard, consult the Measuring Guide to determine your final shutter panel dimensions.

  • Easy, do-it-yourself jigs and templates for creating movable plantation-style shutters
  • Jigs make it a fool-proof process for drilling louver and control arm holes
  • Includes three self-centering bits for drilling shutter pin holes and control arm holes
  • Drill bits have self-centering tips that fit perfectly into specific shutter template mounting holes
  • A spring-loaded guide in the drill bits retract as pressure is applied and the drill bit advances
(1) Stile jig
(1) Louver jig
(1) 3/32'' Shutter drilling bit
(1) 1/4'' Shutter drilling bit
(1) 9/64'' Shutter drilling bit
(2) 1/4'' Index pins
(1) Free downloadable plan
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Brand Rockler
Weight 3.1600
Tech Spec
  • Stile jig/template Dimensions: 1-5/8'' H x 3-1/2'' W x 20'' L
  • Shutter louver jig Dimensions: 2-3/4'' H x 1-3/4'' W x 5-3/4'' L
  • Drill bits have a 1/4" hex power bit shank
  • Heavy acrylic templates and aluminum fences
  • 1/4" drill bit measures 4'' L
  • 3/32" drill bit measures 3-3/4'' L
  • 9/64" drill bit measures 4-1/8'' L
  • Patent Pending
4.7 / 5.0
12 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
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1 Star
Shutters from reclaimed wood .
Wife was wanting Shutters for the house and my work was doing a major rebuild. So I took all the wood that was being thrown away. With the Rockler jig system I started the build and one window took about four days. I made everything from the wood I took. Rockler made it it easy to make these shutters.
Made everything from  recycled wood. The Rockler jig system made it easy.
Still need too paint them the wife wants them white. Thanks Rockler
September 18, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very good product and easy to use. The only thing I would like to see improved is how the control arm is attached. The next time I will use the hidden arm.
April 18, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
plantation shutter jig kit
We were very pleased with the delivery .
We would highly recommend this product to anyone considering making their own shutters. Easy to follow instructions . We couldn't find anything like your product in the United Kingdom. The money we have saved is bonus.
August 12, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Easy to use
This is the only place this jig is available that I know of. It works well but be prepared to drill a lot of holes. In the 16 shutters I built there were ~2500 holes. I used the pre-shaped bass wood louvers with Doug Fir stiles and rails. The bass wood took the stain I used well and matched the Fir when finished. The shutters turned out well, matching the Fir trim and wainscoat in the room. The Rockler beading bit (sold separately) is needed for the stiles, so if you are getting the jig, go for the bit as well.
May 14, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Product
The jigs and hardware from Rockler work very well, which is what accounts for the five star rating, but I did encounter a few challenges along the way. There were a couple of problems that I ran in to. Although the jigs are very high quality and durable, the Mouse Hole Jig I ordered did arrive with the acrylic plastic piece broken in half. The acrylic seems thick enough. The problem was most likely with the poor packaging, which I'm assuming led to the damage during shipping. I chose not to exchange the item and instead made a repair with superglue, which held just fine and the jig worked flawlessly. The second issue left me a little disappointed. I chose to mill my own slats, but near the end of the project came up a little short. Instead of acquiring more wood I ordered the pre-milled slats, which I believe came in 48" length. Every single slat was significantly bowed. I considered returning them, but decided that once I cut the slats to my desired 19" length the bow was tolerable, but still noticeable. Other challenges I encountered along the way were due mostly to my novice skills. Here are some tips that might help you out. 1. The project was more time consuming than I anticipated. I made eight shutters with a total of 152 slats. Most of the slats I milled myself (four router cuts per slat), and for each slat there were six holes to drill (912 holes!). 2. Drilling in Basswood is slow going. I discovered that I had to clean the bit after each cut to avoid tear-out and sloppy holes, again adding more time to the project. 3. Basswood also can be a very springy wood. That's probably not the right term, but what would happen is that I would mill the lumber so that it was flat and twist free, and then make a rip cut only to discover that the wood was now bowed. Essentially there was often tension in the wood that was released when cut. The only solution I know is to mill the pieces slightly oversize so that final flattening/straightening can be accomplished. 4. Finishing the project is a bear. I did the finishing after assembly, and while spraying on paint would probably be the quickest way to go, my wife wanted a stained wood look. I do have an HVLP system, but thought with all of the different angles and pieces it might be difficult to get an even coat. I finally went with a brush on/wipe off stain, following by brushed on Waterlox, sanding, and then wipe on Minwax poly with a satin sheen. Overall I'm happy with the outcome, but this was a very time consuming process. 5. After routing with the louver bit the slats are supposed to have a 1" flat section for 2.5" shutters. I was only able to achieve a 1.5" flat section. Is this a big deal? I don't think so, but I did spend some time adjusting the bit in my router table trying to achieve the cut according to the instructions. 6. Tools I used that I would consider a must are a table saw, router table, and planer. A jointer would have been nice to flatten one side of the wood prior to planning; I used a hand plane. 7. Although the shutters I made are square, I discovered my window casings are not exactly square. This obviously caused some issues when mounting. Overall the products supplied by Rockler worked fabulously. I'm not a very experienced woodworker, but if you take your time you can do this project.
July 27, 2014
This jig is the best I have ever used. Just like all the other shutter jigs Rockler offers. Great for accuracy. The bass wood material is unsurpassed. I can make shutters for 1/2 the price. Of course I am determined. If I had been weak at heart I would have given up.
July 24, 2014
Neat system
Good system. Concealed arm did not work for my client, so we installed surface control. Also cut list was i correct. ??
Fixed 2 1/2 good system,but online stile length was incorrect. 
Watch out.
We built these  with metal cosealed arm at firwas very dissatisfied, had to install the control arm.
Good system. I would suggest to the diy. Buy the slats pre-made tbey are a lot of work.
January 6, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great but incomplete
Love the kit but there's two jigs not included in the kit that make things much easier. A mousehole jig and a dowel jig. Those really complete the kit. From time to time Rockler stores give a seminar on using it, and even if you've already made a shutter or two, it's worth the time.
May 8, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
There are many good things to say about the Rockler shutter system. The pre- drilled guide holes for all applications were accurate. The instructions were clear. The vix style bits provided worked well and the louver profile bit cut very nice louvers. My problem was that I needed a system for large shutter doors 85" X 29" X 1 3/8". I did not realize when ordering that the Rockler system that it is designed for thinner stock. I managed to make the louver pin drilling template work by using one of the fixed pin holes and setting the origin point a little differently than marked on jig. Of course I realize that this was my fault for not determining the width of stock required for the jig to work as designed and not Rocklers. I milled all my stock out of clear cypress. Using the rockler system I managed to mill all the 1 3/8" thick pieces properly. I assembled the rails and styles with an upper, lower, and an intermediate rail using the festool domino system. There were 23 louvers in the top section and 13 in the bottom and everything went together nicely. The problem was with the control arm fasteners. They simply will not handle the strain of so many louvers as in the top section. Overall I rate the system 4 stars and with a better control arm faster system 5 stars.
January 1, 2016
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very Helpful product
I built 4 set of shutters 3 -6'x 6' and 1- 8'x 6' The jig for drilling holes in the stiles worked as advertised doing an excellent job of spacing the louver holes accurately. Likewise the jig for making holes in the slats for the pins did a good job. However the jig for placing holes in the slats and control arms for the for the fasteners was cumbersome and difficult to use. I resorted to drilling the fastener holes free hand. I also purchased the mouse hole jig-it for the moveable shutters that jig also did a great job.
i find Rockler to to be a great source for my woodworking supplies.
May 30, 2015
over 5 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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looking to make my own shutters and the jig and videos made this an easy option. <br />Priced on line for custom made shutters vs cost at Rockler.
michael J on Aug 20, 2018
Judy E on Jul 2, 2018
looking to make my own shutters and the jig and videos made this an easy option. <br />Priced on line for custom made shutters vs cost at Rockler.
michael J on Aug 20, 2018
Husband"s Birthday Loves woodworking
Dawn S on Jul 27, 2018
Judy E on Jul 2, 2018
I want to make shutters and time travel with the jig.
Emad S on Mar 6, 2018
Similar with an existing shutter
Ivan S on Aug 19, 2017
We are remodeling our master bath. This kit will enable me to match pre-existing shutters in our<br />recently purchased home...
Timothy G on Apr 14, 2017
To make shutters
linda l on Jan 15, 2017
for future use
Leo T on Jan 14, 2017
Use this as part of a different project for a home craft.
RUBEN L on Dec 17, 2016
For project
Jeffrey L on Nov 18, 2016
Jimmie S on Nov 15, 2016
Wanted Plantation shutters but the cost for professional shutters was way too much, so I will make my own.
Heather C on Jul 2, 2016
Don B on Jun 16, 2016
I have ordered the 1 1/4 jig so now I am moving up to the larger size
Michael S on Apr 24, 2016
I need to make some shutters for my sons house.<br />I can make them without the jig for myself, but not for a different house. I want them perfect.<br /><br />Thank you. I will buy more items later
Enrique D on Apr 20, 2016
Many shutters to build >50% savings over buying them.
Don L. W on Feb 3, 2016
To make new shutters for my home
Allen F on Jan 19, 2016
Because I want to change from drapes to louvers since they are a more classy look.
Everett C on Dec 14, 2015
Project for clients
Barry L on Nov 25, 2015
price & it included tension pins
Michael L on Nov 14, 2015
Jig seemed very good. 2.5 seemed like a common size
Matthew W on Aug 24, 2015
future project
Tom N on Aug 7, 2015
looks like fun and I need shutters
Ricardo S on Jul 7, 2015
Leonilo G on Jul 1, 2015
Much more affordable to build shutters than buy them.
Jeremy M on Jun 11, 2015
couldnt find a uk supplier for this product
Colene R on May 25, 2015
it's my hope to construct plantation shutter myself, saving hundred over purchasing them. This jig set will help me to that end.
Paul L on Apr 19, 2015
Husband"s Birthday Loves woodworking
Dawn S on Jul 27, 2018
I want to make shutters and time travel with the jig.
Emad S on Mar 6, 2018
I have the 3.5 inch kit and now want to make 2.5 shutters. Can I buy just the template for the 2.5 system?
Jimbo on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, everything else is the same.
can I mount two shutters together as one half of a complete set, so that one pair covers one half of the double window, and another pair covers the second half of the double window? I propose hinging between the two, with one of them then hinged to the window framing. In essence, a "Vee" shaped double when folded, on each side of the double window.
thomas w on Dec 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: YES, I have done a couple of double windows with 1 pair hinged together covering 1/2 of the window and the other hinged pair covering the other. 1 was done with an inside mount using poplar as a frame on both sides.
The other is an outside mount using styles. Rockler sells the special hinges needed for the inside shutters to attach to the outside shutters. Those inside shutters can open a full 180 degrees to expose the center of the window. Hope this helps.
Stile and Rail basswood in sold out so the plans call for 1 1/16" 1" min what is the max ? I have found 1 1/8 stock and really don't want to run it thru the planer if not necessary. I don't see how 1/16 each side of the pin hole will mater. Anyone have experience using thicker material?
Dean M on Oct 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We actually do have plenty of stock of the 1 1/16" thick Basswood lumber, but it can't currently be ordered on our website due to some technical issues. In the meantime, we are happy to give you pricing and help you order it if you call us at 1-800-279-4441 or email us at

Sorry for this inconvenience.
What is the maximum
span for a 2.5" louver?
Gil F on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The issue is more how much shutter can you deal with when it is opened into the room. I have both 5' and 6' wide windows that have 4 shutters and look fine. Having only two shutters on either of these windows wouldn't look right to me, even if I could actually make them. If your height is more than 40" Rockler suggests a mid rail is utilized. It shows up in the plan. You delete two slats from the design and replace them with the mid rail.It definitely adds strength to the frame. I split my control as well so I can open just the top for light and keep some privacy. Hope that helps.
has anyone ever made a set as tall as 84 inch? I have a very large window i am doing.. i want 84" high x 4 panels...(its 93 wide).. i plan on installing at least 3 mid rails...does anyone have any insight as to any problems that might arise?
linda l on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you have planned the mid rails that is good. The only other thing to consider is the number of slats to put on one control arm. You might want to have a upper half and lower half control arm so not to put as much pressure on the control arm connectors.
Can you do the bead on both sides of a stile ? Would it throw any other dimensions off? I have a set where I added the 3/8 for the center where the two sets come together .., I've already drill all my holes ... and now I realize I cut the rabbet backwards .. to where if I turn them over ... they are perfect ... if that makes any sense ... ?? Thanks in advance ...
linda l on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It shouldn't change your dimensions, as you're only adding a grove and not removing any material from the outer dimensions. i considered doing that on purpose to add visual affect, but the misses said no.
The measuring guide says leave 1/16 for hinges and 1/8 "between panels".. I am making a set for a window that will require 2 shutters hinged together on one side and 2 hinged together on the other side ... I will add 1/16 for the hinge at the wall and 1/16 for the hinge where the two panels will attach together... I will add the 3/8 rabbet to one inside style where the two sets will meet ... where does this extra "1/8 between panels" come in to play ??
I ask because this will be my third shutter set ... I have yet to have a set fit PERFECT.. I seem to always be having to make adjustments... I am figuring something wrong obviously... ??? Thanks ...
linda l on Apr 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The 1/8" between panels refers to the space between the 2 opposing sets of panels at the overlap. The 1/8" gap will accommodate any sag in the panels once the shutters are set in place. I always do a dry run with the doweled panels to adjust the height of the panels (top & bottom to have an even dimension or they can be trimmed after completion before painting. I you can ever make them perfect the first time, you are then the expert.
My windows have NO TRIM whatsoever... Simple sheetrock... 4.75 inches deep. So I am figuring I have to create my own frame..correct? I like the "Z-Frame" i have seen on other sites.... Is it just a "piece together" sort of thing? Sort of create my own?
linda l on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It certainly looks a lot better with a frame! The one thing that you need to be careful of is, if you have tilt in to clean windows the Z frame may block that.
My application for outdoor shutters requires at least 1 1/2” thick stiles and rails. This jig set does not look like it could be used in this case (jig centers holes on 1 1/16 thick stiles and rails). Is that correct?
Jeff S on Apr 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes and no, not by following the directions as written. The slat jig for making the pivot holes about 1/4” of adjustment in each of the guides that shoulder the slat, so I think they will give you enough clearance thru adjustment. The jig for making the pivots (or fixed mount) holes in the stiles are not adjustable. However, they occur in clusters of 3 on an angle to accommodate either the single center only pivot or the outer two pins for fixed mount, here I think you could use the outermost hole to accommodate your thicker stock for pivot mount while maintaining spacing.
Are there any limitations with this product as to width? Specifically, could I use it to build a fixed-louver passage door?
Carl R on Feb 15, 2019
Do you have a design wizard that uses metric sizes?
Truls D on Aug 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, no.
I have bay window all together 6 section of equal panes I want opening 3 left & 3right hand side.How it is going to work.Will it be to heavy?
Arun P on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That is going to be a bit too heavy for the shutters and hinges
my shutters will require a middle rail. I do not see a way to enter this requirement into the design software. This will require TWO "sets" of louvers and control arms per each shutter. IF I try to simply "halve" the shutter height dimension, then mentally "stack" two of the software output into one complete shutter, the rails of the software output are much wider than the rails of a shutter WITHOUT a middle rail, so that idea really doesn't work. Any suggestions?
thomas w on Dec 11, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't think you can use the design software for this purpose. I used the design wizard for two shutters with all the correct dimensions. Simply remove one shutter in the middle and replace it with a solid piece of wood the same size as the shutter. Be sure to rabbet both sides of the replacement wood piece with 3/8 rabbets (so the louvers will open and close completely.. You can still use just one control arm for the full length of the shutter.
Or you can divide each shutter with a top and bottom with a wood divider with two control arms. You will have to put another mouse hole in the bottom portion of the wood divided for room for the control arm.
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