Antique shutter CPR

We got a request to replace the louver assemblies in a couple of old original shutter panels..

When we received the shutters, it was obvious that the first order of business would be to strengthen the shutter frames.

When we received the shutters, it was obvious that the first order of business would be to strengthen the shutter frames.

These old shutters are all through tenon construction, and they are held together by little wood wedges.. No glue. When someone cut the bottom off of these shutters so that they would fit in the crooked window, the wedges were cut out as well, which didn't leave anything to keep the frame together. Note that a couple of screws were driven in to what was left of the rail, but the frame was extremely flimsy.

These old shutters are all through tenon construction, and they are held together by little wood wedges.. No glue. When someone cut the bottom off of these shutters so that they would fit in the crooked window, the wedges were cut out as well, which didn't leave anything to keep the frame together. Note that a couple of screws were driven in to what was left of the rail, but the frame was extremely flimsy.

After gluing and clamping the original frame, we grafted a piece taken from another old shutter from the same period into the bottom of the frame, to increase the frame strength and restore some aesthetic balance.

After gluing and clamping the original frame, we grafted a piece taken from another old shutter from the same period into the bottom of the frame, to increase the frame strength and restore some aesthetic balance.

A little special sauce, and the new pieces blended in fairly well, Now for the easy work.. Replicating the louver assemblies!

A little special sauce, and the new pieces blended in fairly well, Now for the easy work.. Replicating the louver assemblies!

The original louvers looked to be (severely sun and rain damaged) black walnut. We just happened to have a little black walnut laying around, and used it to recreate the louver assemblies. It looks great unfinished, framed up by the old unfinished white pine.

The original louvers looked to be (severely sun and rain damaged) black walnut. We just happened to have a little black walnut laying around, and used it to recreate the louver assemblies. It looks great unfinished, framed up by the old unfinished white pine.

Now the challenge is to get the rest of the shutters looking as good as these two!

Now the challenge is to get the rest of the shutters looking as good as these two!

REPRO BROWNSTONE DOORS IN PROGRESS

Just glued up these bookmatched sapelle faux arch doors to replace the originals in a Bergen St. brownstone. More to come.

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HONDURAN MAHOGANY MANHATTAN STYLE SHUTTERS

This is the upper tier of a set of shutters that replicate the style of the neighboring house's originals. Made of Honduran mahogany and finished with light shellac and wax.

BROOKLYN DESIGNER SHOW HOUSE PROJECT

Here are a few photos of the shutters and window surrounds we did for the Brooklyn Designer Show House project. The black walnut louvers tie in with the spiral staircase!

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Shaker panels in traditional pocket shutters

There has been a spate of interest in shaker style shutter panels recently. In addition to costing less, shaker panels are a nice bridge between the predominate contemporary panel treatment and otherwise traditional shutter styling.

Out with the (not so) old, and in with the new..

Early last year I was contacted by a prospective client for a quote on shutters for her bay windows. I didn't hear back from her again until late last year. Turns out that she had purchased lower-priced shutters from an online shutter factory, and had them shipped and installed, which apparently was a challenge, as they didn't quite fit the windows. Beyond the fit issues that had to be overcome, once she got to spend some time in front of the shutters, she came to the conclusion that something was lacking. She called me back, and I brought her a sample shutter, and explained all of the differences between what she had in her windows and the shutters that I make. She swallowed her pride, picked up her checkbook, and ordered shutters a second time for the same windows, less than 6 months after buying the first ones. Today, her "old" shutters were removed, her new RHM shutters were installed, and the client was left with a big, satisfied smile on her face.

Red Hook Millworks shutters freshly installed.. And a competitor's shutters, freshly removed.

Brooklyn Pocket Shutter Replication

The President St. replicated white pine pocket shutters came out exceptionally well. We expect they will be enjoyed well into the next century.

PIE SAFE

Our own Bailey Robinson whipped up this white oak pie safe/liquor cabinet for fun.

Replicated Shutters for President St. Renovation

We are currently working on replicating missing shutters for a President St. renovation, using eastern white pine to match the originals. Fun with table saw raised panels! More to come as the job progresses..

Recess Panels for Brooklyn Heights Designer ShowHouse

Red Hook Millworks was fortunate to be tapped for the Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse project. We are in the process of fabricating shutters and pocket materials for it.. Just about to deliver these recess panels, which go into the backs of the shutter pockets and have the same frame dimensions that the shutters will have.