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Basswood Traditional Shutter Slat - 1/4" x 1-1/4" x 16"
Basswood Traditional Shutter Slat - 1/4" x 1-1/4" x 16" Item #: 40830
Oversold Until 10/04/2019
Basswood Plantation Shutter Slat - 3/8" x 2-1/2" x 16"
Basswood Plantation Shutter Slat - 3/8" x 2-1/2" x 16" Item #: 40820
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Basswood Plantation Shutter Slat - 3/8" x 3-1/2" x 16"
Basswood Plantation Shutter Slat - 3/8" x 3-1/2" x 16" Item #: 40863
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Basswood Traditional or Plantation Shutter Slats-16" Length

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Save time and money by building your own Traditional or Plantation Shutters using our unfinished Basswood Shutter Slats! Available in three widths and two lengths; traditional comes in 1/4" thick x 1-1/4" wide x 16" length; plantation comes in 3/8" thick x 2-1/2" or 3-1/2" wide x 16" length (lengths are nominal). All stock comes ready to paint, stain, or clear coat. Ideal for fixed or movable traditional or plantation style shutters. Basswood is a stringy hardwood. To prevent your drill bit from getting bogged down when drilling through basswood, be sure to go slow enough for your drill bit to effectively clear wood chips.

(1) Basswood traditional or plantation shutter slats
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  • Traditional slats come in 1/4" thick x 1-1/4" wide x 16" length
  • Plantation slats come in 3/8" thick x 2-1/2" or 3-1/2" wide x 16" length (lengths are nominal)
  • Ready to paint, stain, or clear coat
WARNING: Drilling, sawing, sanding or machining wood products can expose you to wood dust, a substance known to the State of California to cause cancer. Avoid inhaling wood dust or use a dust mask or other safeguards for personal protection. For more information go to
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Just what I needed. Perfect!
November 8, 2017
1 year ago
Good product and shipped on time
I ordered a couple of shutter slats that I could not find anywhere else. All other places wanted to sell you the entire shutter, and I just needed two slats. Product was exactly what I needed and was shipped very quickly. Very happy and will use
April 29, 2015
over 4 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Could have been wider
I rebuilt a shutter from 1959, the original slats are about 1/4" wider than yours, which are, 1/4" / 1-1/4" / 16." Other than the width, they're sharp cut, smooth and uniform. The gap is barely noticeable unless one really looks.
June 30, 2018
1 year ago
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Replacement slat
David P on Jul 18, 2018
My First Build, I want to see the material I need.
Gary R on Mar 31, 2018
Replacement slat
David P on Jul 18, 2018
Fix broken shutter slats that broke throughout the years.
Amarlia V on Apr 3, 2018
My First Build, I want to see the material I need.
Gary R on Mar 31, 2018
Shutter repair
Dan W on Oct 22, 2017
I wanted to see the quality of one before I ordered 70 feet of it.
Jeff R on Oct 1, 2017
to make shutters
Joseph E on Jul 23, 2017
Had this wood on the outside of my house for 3 years still looks great. love my shutters.
Jacqueline C on Nov 15, 2016
Jimmie S on Nov 15, 2016
I've been sending my plantation shutters in for repair by the manufacturer.. that costs $300 a pop! (my dog likes to chew on them when he gets scared from rain.. ugh). i'm going to give it a try to fix them myself. the hardest part will be matching the stain of the originals.
lily c on Oct 4, 2016
I have ordered them before and they are great, also easy to work with
Michael S on Apr 9, 2016
best cost for replacement part
jason l on Sep 23, 2015
Leonilo G on Jul 1, 2015
Was looking for just exterior shutter slats, and Rockler had what I needed at a good price.
Richard P on Apr 14, 2015
Fix broken shutter slats that broke throughout the years.
Amarlia V on Apr 3, 2018
Shutter repair
Dan W on Oct 22, 2017
What is the maximum width I can build my shutters to without sagging problems if I use 3 1/2" louvers?
Jim H on Dec 17, 2015
Any plans of offering 4 1/2 wide slats anytime soon? Is there something inherently difficult with producing 4 1/2 slats? You can get DIY jigs for slats up to 3 1/2 inches and router bits but there is nothing available for 4 1/2 that I can find...
Peter M on Jan 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not at this time
Can the shutters be painted?
Sharon W on Nov 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes shutters can be painted, however the hardest part of building the shutters was painting them (white.) Basswood is like a sponge. When primed the grain raises and you must sand again prior to final coat.

You may wish to have shutters painted by a professional and then install.
Can the shutters be painted/stained before assembly?
TuttleToolman on Jan 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: While you could prefinish all the parts and then assemble them, there are a lot of pieces to a shutter and a lot of fitment to get them right.

You could, but I wouldn’t. Once the panel is assembled and operational, you only have one panel to hang and paint/stain; not 15+ pieces. I hope that helps; it is just my opinion.
Can you please tell me what the thinnest and thickest measurements are along the 2 1/2 " direction? Thank you!
JTRNT on Apr 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I only have experience with the 3 1/2 size shutters, so I couldn't say on the 2 1/2 size. Sorry.
Do you sell those little staples and eye screws to attach the louvre to the dowel ?
Kay R on Aug 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: yes, they have every thing you need build the louver shutters.
Wish you luck
Why does Rocklers plans only allow for maximum size of 24" shutters, can I build them for my 27" window opening?
Jim H on Dec 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: they told me it was because a of structural integrity. When I asked for specifics, they didn't respond. So I made the assumption it was around two elements, the hinges and the joinery assumed in their tool. I worked around this by using extra hinges or longer screws and using mortise and tenon. I have some 34 inch wide windows with single door shutters that look and work great. I have no concerns with the shutter itself and time will tell on the hinges but as I just went with surface hinges, replacing and relocation isn't a big deal.
I see plenty of 2 1/2" plantation shutter slats, but I need to replace some chewed 2 1/4" elliptical slats. Suggestions?
Robert M on Jul 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You could make multiple passes on the Rockler shutter router bit until you get the width you want.
How can I build a frame work that will slip into my finished window and cover where the trim work used to be? Would the shutter close into the 1/4 over lap on each side of the window or would I add a stop to the frame? This way I could finish the shutter assy totally including stain and varnish and just insert it into the finished window opening. It would make life so much easier as I could confine myself to the shop with the finished window opening and no need to go back and forth into the house for each window. Thanks in advance for any clues you can give me.
Jim H on Dec 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I built a standalone frame including trim that slips into the window hole opening. Attach the shutter frame to this standalone frame with hinges ... I prefer the ones with removable pins. You can build each frame in your shop. I attached each standalone frame to the window hole that it goes into with a few wood screws in a countersunk hole to hide the screws. You could even plug the countersunk holes if you like. I finished the trim around the standalone frame with some caulking. You'll never get the trim to look perfect against the wall.
What is the weight of each of the basswood 58"shutter?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 2-1/2"x16" weighs 3oz. 2-1/2"x58" weighs 10.875 ozs. Hope this helps. Thanks Steve
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