Wood Shutters

Parts of a Wood Shutter


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Wood Shutters - Every wood shutter has certain basic parts. Here we present the eight most common elements, although every shutter will not have every one of them. You'll probably call it "shutter talk." To our Shuttersmiths, it's a second language.

1)  Capping:  A strip of protective metal placed on top of custom shutters to prevent water from seeping into the wood. We include aluminum capping on every shutter, and offer copper capping as a decorative option.

2)  Stile:  The vertical portion of the wood shutter frame. The stiles have mortises cut into them, which receive the tenons of the rails to complete the sturdy mortise and tenon construction.

3)  Panel: The solid wood, interior section of a shutter that "floats" inside the frame. It is never glued into place so it can expand and contract with the temperature and humidity.


4)  Cutout:  A decorative design cut out of the solid panel; it also served as a gunhole “back in the day”.

5)  Louvers:  Slim wood strips installed at an angle or "pitch" between the two stiles. Often in interior shutters, louvers can be opened and closed; in our exterior shutters they are usually stationary.

6)  Rail:  The horizontal portion of the shutter frame. The rails have tenons on the ends, which fit into the mortises cut into the stiles.

7)  False Tilt Rod:  Now decorative, this tilt rod was originally used to open and close the louvers to control ventilation.

8)  Mouse Hole:  A small, notched cutout that cradles the end of the tilt rod.