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Rockler 2-1/2'' Movable Louver Template Set for Shutter System w/Front Control Arm
Rockler 2-1/2'' Movable Louver Template Set for Shutter System w/Front Control Arm Item #44342
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$149.99 Each
Rockler Hidden Control Arm Jig Kit for Shutter System
Rockler Hidden Control Arm Jig Kit for Shutter System Item #45143
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$27.99 Each
Rockler 2-1/2" Hidden Control Arm
Rockler 2-1/2" Hidden Control Arm Item #49991
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$19.99 Each
Stainless Steel Nails for Shutter System
Stainless Steel Nails for Shutter System Item #45400
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Rockler Shutter Pins for 2-1/2'' and 3-1/2'' Movable Louvers - 50 Pack
Rockler Shutter Pins for 2-1/2'' and 3-1/2'' Movable Louvers - 50 Pack Item #46388
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2-1/2" H x 1/2" Shank Rockler Shutter Louver Bit
2-1/2" H x 1/2" Shank Rockler Shutter Louver Bit Item #43507
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Spiral Dowel Pins - 3/8" x 1-1/2" (50 per pack)
Spiral Dowel Pins - 3/8" x 1-1/2" (50 per pack) Item #21139
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Rockler Shutter Bead Router Bit - 7/8" Dia x 9/16" H x 1/2" Shank
Rockler Shutter Bead Router Bit - 7/8" Dia x 9/16" H x 1/2" Shank Item #43503
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2-1/2'' Movable Louver w/Hidden 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.Featuring Hidden Control Arm Functionality! Rear-mounted control arms lend a clean, modern look to your wooden shutters, and this jig (#45143, sold separately) makes it easy to drill the necessary holes without splitting. The kit includes a jig and a self-centering drill bit. Just slip the jig over the end of the louver, and use the bit to drill a perfectly placed pilot hole to accept a nail for the control arm. In addition to the Louver Template Set and Hidden Control Arm Jig, you will need a Hidden Control Arm (#49991, sold separately) and for added convenience, Stainless Steel Nails (#45400, sold separately).

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 or fixed 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
  • Self-centering drill bit ensures precise hole location, which is critical for even spacing of your louvers
  • Hidden Control Arm Jig: Drilling Jig for Hidden Shutter Control Arm features an extruded aluminum fence and a thick, laser-cut acrylic template
(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
(1) Complete step-by-step instructions
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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
  • 2-1/2" Hidden Control Arm will control 28 louvers. 54-5/16" long
  • 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
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2- 1/2 movable louver`w/control arm
Plans were perfect. Found all dimensions without any problems, you just need to use a calculator. Made four shutters and they look great. Thanks for the wizard. I now need plans for half circle windows. Editor's note: Rockler shutter jigs are not designed for making circular, arched top or angled shutters. They are only suitable for rectangular shutters.
July 30, 2014
This jig makes shutter building almost fun.
I wanted to get plantation blinds for our beach house so I checked for them on line and rockler popped up. I have always been a handy guy so I went all in and got all the tools and materials from rockler. I am working at the shutter project in between hunting and fishing and I am half done with the 4 large windows. The jig is indispensable and very easy to use.
November 19, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Overall a good kit
Overall a good kit and materials for making custom plantation shutters but there are just a few missing details in the instructions: 1.) length to cut the slats relative to the opening between the stiles (clearance), 2.) dimensions of the rabbet on the slat corners for the hidden linkage nails 3.) Where to use the two different types of shutter pins spring/plain
January 7, 2014
Mixed Bag
VERY disappointed with included drill bits. The set screws DO NOT hold the bits in their pre-set positions. Began having trouble with the 1/4 bit on the 3rd stile hole. Never got the darned thing working properly after that. Moved on to the louvers and had the same problem with the 9/64 bit on the 5th louver. And that was after I tightened the set screw before before starting. I haven't used the control arm bit yet (3/32), but I certainly expect more of the same. For this price point I would expect bits that work properly. The main problem seems to be that the bits do not have a "flat" spot at the end of the shaft. The set screws are pressing against a round shaft and eventually (or immediately) give way.
On the plus side, I liked the online design program. The measurements have proved to be accurate for my project. I also liked the stile and louver jigs. They are easy to use and understand.
I'll still end up with a nice set of hardwood plantation shutters (I milled the lumber myself). But the drill bits are the definite weak link in the system thus far and have caused me a good deal of trouble...
May 23, 2017
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build plantation shutters
CHERYL M on Jul 16, 2018
this look looks more modern to me , love the look.
Julianne M on Jan 27, 2018
build plantation shutters
CHERYL M on Jul 16, 2018
Want to make louver shutter doors for my built-in closets in my home.
Bornface M on May 16, 2018
this look looks more modern to me , love the look.
Julianne M on Jan 27, 2018
Because my wife wants shutters.
Jim B on Jan 19, 2018
All the tools and clear instructions
Jean-Manuel G on Jan 10, 2018
want to make shutters for kitchen
Connie S on Dec 18, 2017
i ordered 3 1/2 kit, then my client changed her selection on size.
Patrick B on Nov 7, 2017
i liked it
joe R on Jul 24, 2017
Loved the clean look
Troy C on Feb 3, 2017
To make assembly precise and quicker
GARY J T on Dec 29, 2016
design choice
Value hvlp sprayer on Sep 2, 2016
SO Excellent!!
Dan H on Jul 1, 2016
I'm a carpenter with a couple of clients who want plantation shutters. With this I will hopefully save them some $ and make a little more for myself.
Tracy F on Apr 22, 2016
shutter construction
Michael M on Apr 17, 2016
I needed for plantation shutters
Manuel M on Dec 4, 2015
Rockler has a very simple DIY Template that the opposition does not have
Alan B on Nov 10, 2015
did not purchase this
Tom F on Oct 13, 2015
To make shutters for someone
Thomas S on Sep 28, 2015
makes building shutters much faster and much easier. Use this and all the holes are where they should be.
ed t on Aug 12, 2015
Just what I needed
Arturo P on Jul 26, 2015
I am planning to build some custom plantation shutters for my home. The jig will assist me.
Steven L on Jun 6, 2015
Great system for building shutters and better quality than other available brands.
Diana D on Apr 25, 2015
Making shutters
Jonathan B on Apr 7, 2015
Want to make louver shutter doors for my built-in closets in my home.
Bornface M on May 16, 2018
Because my wife wants shutters.
Jim B on Jan 19, 2018
I have a window opening of 72 inches. What is the best way to make these shutters? Would I simply divide the measurement by 4 and make 4 shutters? Are there "Bi-fold Hinges" available? Are there any instructions available for this? Thanks in advance for any help.
Andrew C on Aug 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will need 3 or 4 shutters for a large window. The hinges are available from Rockler and they are very good quality. Use the measuring guide and the design wizard to figure the size of the shutters. Make sure the window frame is plumb and level. I made 4 large windows worth for our beach house and they look great. Also,if you are going to paint the shutters, I have learned to put on the first coat of paint BEFORE assembling them! Sanding the first coat is really tough when they are together. Good luck
I am not very handy around the house and have limited experience with powers tools (drills, table saw, miter saw about covers it). How difficult is this project and are the instructions thorough?
Nikki P on Aug 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have done nine windows with 2 1/2 inch louvers and hidden control arms. The design wizard is excellent and made the job very easy. While purchasing the templates and jig kits seemed a waste, they were essential and pay for them selves. If you want the profile between the rails and stiles, a router bit is necessary. Comparing a quote from Calico Corners to what I did, saved me thousands of dollars. Buy extra louver stock as about 10% are warped. Prime and paint before final assembly. Before you start determine how you want to mount the shutters. Using a separate bar to mount with L hinges worked best for an inset. On one set I replace the window trim and mounted the whole thing as one unit. They look great and worth the effort.
What happens if I make the shutter 26 inches wide versus the maximum you allow of 24 inches?
William M on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have successfully built 25" wide shutters. I built mine out of alder and they look great. The biggest issue with wide shutters are the slats bending . As long as you use a stable kiln dried hardwood, this should not be an issue. Also the frames must be very sturdy. I build mine with floating tennons ( Festool Dominoes). Due to the extra weight you may also want to use 3 hinges.
I need to make two identical 2 1/2" movable louver shutters with hidden control arm, each 18.75" high by 22.175" wide. The design wizard does not allow to input for more than one shutter at a time. For items like the pins and nails which come in bags of 50, I will have enough in one bag for both shutters. I also know that the louvers come in 58" lengths, so I can easily figure how many 58" lengths I'll need. But what about the rails and stiles? Are they precut to the length I need? Or do they come in longer lengths for me to cut? The hardware list shows I need 2 stiles at 20" each, but I'll actually need 4 at 20" each, and the same for the rails. Thank you!
Ed K on Dec 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Shutter Wizard shows the parts for ONE shutter. The measuring guide shows the modification in width to one stile to avoid light leak when two are used together. If you are using two in an opening you would make each of them 1/2 of the width of the opening. Again, refer to the measuring guide for the necessary subtractions for hinges, etc.
Rockler offers pre-planed 1-1/16" thick Basswood in 2 widths. 2-1/4 for stiles and 5" for rails, both are sold by the lineal inch. As with all hardwood, best practice would be to order them an inch longer than needed and trim an end square, then cut to exact length. Never trust a factory end cut to be perfectly square. It only takes one bad factory cut to ruin a project.
If you are making multiple shutters then you might want to consider doing all of the milling operations on pieces of wood that are long enough for all the top rails, another for all the bottom rails (or multiples as needed) so you can do the milling operation for as much as possible on a longer board before cutting it to length for each shutter. Many of the operations require multiple passes to get to the desired depth.
If you think you might make more in the future, I would strongly suggest that you add several inches to each part and save the "scrap" as a reference gauge for the next time. Mark them well. The depth of the routed cuts are not necessarily obvious and you will be able to repeat them in the future without guessing.
The Hardware list from the shutter calculator calls out "Basswood Plantation Shutter Slat"... what exactly is this part? I don't see it on the same document's drawings... thanks!
Gary G on Aug 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The slats are the thin movable pieces inside the frame that pivot to open or close. You can buy them ready made at Rockler and cut to the size you need or make your own.
Can you drill holes for the Hidden Control Arm with this kit (Item #: 44342) or do you need to purchase the additional Jig Rockler sells (Item #: 45143)?
Alexander C on Oct 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You will need to purchase Rockler part #45142 seperately
Has anyone made these for use with a sliding glass door? I would need 2 panels 80"H x 48"W and some type of sliding mount.
steve b on Jul 23, 2019
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