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i have been recently ask to build a several set of shutters for a friend and i'm not sure of what type of wood to use. we live in the southern part of louisiana and the weather is very unpredictable at times.
I remember Norm building an outdoor project on his show from reclaimed cypress not long ago.
If I am not mistaken he also built a teak dry bar for poolside or deck use and it had shuttered cabinet doors. You could probably ask on the New Yankee website who the supplier was. I think they were in Florida. The Woodfinder website should be able to turn you on to a source for cypress also.
[ 06-09-2005, 04:31 PM: Message edited by: Bob D. ]
Cypress, Western Red Cedar, or Redwood would be my top 3 choices.
Being down in LA you should be able to find a supplier for Cypress.
When I made the shutters for my Uncle's cabin, I made a jig to cut the slots for the slats in the edges of the stiles. It gave me a wide base for the router to ride on and it made the job quick. I used a 1/4" pattern bit with my plunge router.
Good luck with your project. It is time consuming but a fun project to do.