WOW, the easiest strongest joints "Sailboat" Shutters on the beach....
I purchased my Kreg Master System at our local Lowe's store about a year ago to make some cabinet doors and I absolutely think it's the best tool buy I've ever made!
I've recently made 5 sets of shutters for our beach cottage and the Kreg tools in the Master System made it a simple straightforward project. I tried making one shutter by using the battens to hold the boards together but when it fell face down as I was taking a photo of the sailboat cutout it fell apart.
I got out my Kreg jig and joined the 1"x 4"'s with pocket holes and 1" screws, (the cedar boards are thinner than standard 1" x 4" lumber), then added the battens for appearance sake.
I'd venture to say even the next hurricane won't be able to take them apart!!
The face clamps made cutting out the design safe and easy, the pocket holes were simple to drill and joining the boards was a fairly easy process using the face clamps with stops on the work bench. They turned out great and I've received lots of compliments on them, some from strangers walking by our cottage. (They're painted dark navy blue with a sailboat cutout in the center of each shutter. The siding is light beige so shows off the sailboat shape very well.)
Btw, I'm a 66 yr. old woman and had no problems making these with my Kreg jig system and simple tools, it was a fun build and I'm already thinking about my next project!