Step 2: Prep the shutters

Position each pair of shutters on the edge with hinge mortises facing up and the louver-control bars oriented toward each other. (This assures that all the bars will face the room when the shutter is hung and allows one shutter in each set to open right while the other opens left.)

Seat a hinge in a mortise. Fit your drill/driver with a Vix bit. Position the bit in a hinge screw hole. Drill a pilot into the shutter, repeating for all hinge holes.

Note that most shutter hinges are factory-configured to open to the right, meaning you'll likely need to remove pins from half and reinsert them upside down, so that each right-side hinge has a left-side counterpart.

With a Phillips-head bit in the drill/driver, screw all hinges to the shutters.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver with 1/8-inch drill bit and Phillips-head driver bit
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • folding ruler
      Folding rule
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • self-centering bit
      Self-centering bit,
      also known as a Vix bit
    • square-head bit
      Square-head screwdriver bit,
      for fastening hanging strips to window jamb

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    in most cases, must be custom-ordered. Measure each window separately.

    2. SHIMS

    used to center and hold the shutters in the window opening while marking the hinge locations.