Building Attractive and Versatile Custom Fire Doors

South Shore Millwork custom hardwood fire rated doors and frames save lives.
Commercial and residential general contractors, builders, architects and interior designers often experience design constraints when required to specify a fire rated door assembly in a given location. While that may have been the case at one time, South Shore Millwork guarantees you will not sacrifice style when selecting 20 to 90-minute fire doors. We have hundreds of styles and unlimited custom fire door style capabilities with full panel relief — carefully designed and engineered to match nearby non-rated doors.

With South Shore Millwork, you do not have to compromise style for fire door safety.

Custom Capabilities South Shore Millwork can work almost any custom design feature into our 20-through 90-minute doors with custom design features in both paint-grade MDF and stain-grade wood construction.
Standard Thickness In 90 Minute Doors Our 90 minute doors are 1-3/4” thick, not 2-1/4” thick.
20-Minute Fire-Rated Glass Doors South Shore Millwork custom builds makes 20-minute fire-rated glass doors. The TSL series and one-lite FL and PL series doors are available with 20-minute ratings.

Design Consistency  Offering both neutral and positive pressure full panel relief 20-minute fire doors and positive pressure 45-, 60- and 90-minute fire doors, South Shore Millwork fire doors match the profiles of South Shore Millwork’s non-rated panel doors. Allow us to conveniently and cost-effectively supply all of the doors you need, while you maintain design consistency in throughout the project. Send us your plans including the fire ratings and our engineers will do the rest.

Begun in 1991, South Shore Millwork has built its reputation upon the delivery of uncompromising quality and unparalleled service to its customers. For more information about our attractive and versatile custom fire doors, contact a South Shore Millwork representative by calling 508-226-5500 or by visiting South Shore Millwork online. Located approximately half way between Attleboro and Norton on 123, South Shore Millwork is situated at 7 Maple Street, Norton, MA.

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Exquisite Millwork and Holiday Decor at the Biltmore House

At our New England custom millwork shop, we work in spaces new and old, contemporary and traditional. We also create architectural woodwork elements for historic preservation projects, and we love seeing examples of great traditional millwork. In honor of the holidays, take a look at some exquisite examples of traditional millwork accompanied by festive decor at the famous Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.

Happy holidays from South Shore Millwork!

Billiard Room

Banquet Hall

Winter Garden


All photos via Romantic Asheville

What is Resawn Lumber?

Resawing is the process of splitting 1″ through 12″ hardwood or softwood lumber into two or more, thinner pieces of full length boards. For example, splitting a ten foot 2×4 into two ten foot 1x4s is considered resawing. Resawn lumber is used for door skins, flooring, boat building, and bending for radius moldings.
Resawing provides exacts sizes with minimal waste. Custom cutting lumber to the builder’s specifications reduces financial expense and contributes to a sustainable environment by saving natural resources. As New England’s largest resawn lumber provider, South Shore Millwork makes available over a dozen standard species and many specialty varieties to woodworkers, builders and contractors across New England. Our resawn lumber standard thicknesses are 1/10″, 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″ (available in widths of 1 1/2″ to 13″).  Other sizes are available upon request.

South Shore Millwork has been in business since 1991, offering competitive prices and superior value. For more information about resawn lumber and custom moulding, contact a South Shore Millwork representative by calling 508-226-5500 or by visiting the South Shore Millwork website. Located half way between Attleboro and Norton, South Shore Millwork is situated at 7 Maple Street, Norton, MA, 02766.

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? Time is running out, and it’s time to finish checking gifts off your list if you haven’t already. Give a gift with many rewards this year by shopping local for your holiday gifts.

Buying from local businesses can help you find unique items that your recipient will love, but it also helps the local economy! When you shop local, your money isn’t flowing away to some corporate headquarters across the country or even the world- it’s staying right in your community through taxes, spending, and charitable giving.

So, what types of gifts can you buy locally? Here are a few ideas.

  • Gift certificates for services like car detailing, spa services, personal organizers, etc.
  • A book from the local independent book seller, or a publication from the local historical society.
  • Decadent foodie gifts from local wine, coffee, or cheese shops, or some festive baked goods from the neighborhood bakery.
  • Art or fine crafts from a local gallery-paintings, ceramics, stained glass, jewelry, etc.
  • A gift certificate to a fabulous local restaurant.

At South Shore Millwork, we’re proud to be located in Norton, Massachusetts, south of Boston. Contact us today for your next custom millwork project in the New England area.

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South Shore Millwork’s Budd Kelley Named to “The List”

We are excited to announce that Budd Kelley, our Director of Business Development here at South Shore Millwork, has been named in Boston Common Magazine‘s “The List”!

In case you’re not familiar with “The List,” this feature recognizes individuals who Boston Common believes are doing something unique and interesting. You can check out the December 2011/January 2012 edition (which features quite a few big names, including Drew Barrymore, Rachel McAdams, and Daniel Radcliffe) by visiting Boston Common‘s online issue. Flip to page 52, where you’ll see Budd Kelley listed at the top of the third column. It’s an honor to be mentioned, so congratulations to Budd and thanks to Boston Common!

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Contemporary Millwork

Millwork often brings to mind images of historic old buildings, and we do create architectural millwork for historic restoration projects here at South Shore Millwork. But millwork can be used to great effect in many different types of interiors, not just traditional ones! Take a look at some stunning examples of custom millwork with a contemporary twist.

The white-on-white moulding on this ceiling provides a subtle punch of visual interest and continues the circle motif seen in the window transoms. photo via Pinterest

This geometric paneling transforms an otherwise low-key wall into a focal point. photo via Houzz

The white furniture, crisp white paint on the ceiling detail and wall paneling in this room, and pops of hot pink combine to turn tradition on its head in this youthful parlor.  photo via Pinterest

Simple and graphic, this wall paneling adds visual interest without interfering with the sleek, minimal design of the interior. photo via Houzz

If you’re a New England designer, we’d love to help you with your next custom millwork project. Contact us today to find out how we can help you bring your vision to life at our Boston area shop.

Why Hire an AWI Certified Shop?

If you’re in the design and construction industry, you probably have the need for a good custom woodwork shop from time to time, whether you are refurbishing a historic building, adding customized elements to a sleek, modern retail space, or creating a timeless, traditional look in a residence. When it comes time to choose a millwork shop near Boston, stop and make sure you choose a shop that is AWI Certified.

AWI, or the Architectural Woodwork Institute, sets the standard for excellence in architectural woodwork, and requires members to commit to service, craftsmanship, and excellence. We are proud to be an AWI Certified Quality Woodworker here at South Shore Millwork, and we aim for excellence in all of our projects.

If you are an architect, home builder, or interior designer based in the New England area, contact South Shore Millwork today. We’d love to help you bring your creativity to life with beautifully-crafted custom millwork.

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Gifts for Design Fans

We work with a lot of great interior designers, architects, and luxury home builders here at South Shore Millwork, creating custom woodwork for residential and commercial projects in Boston and all over New England. It’s always exciting to see what these creative folks will come up with next. If you have a designer in your life, consider gifting them with a bit of inspiration in the form of a fabulous design book! House Beautiful has a great roundup of the best new interior design books to make your holiday shopping a little easier. Here are a few of their best picks.

  Essential Elegance by Jose Solis Betancourt and Paul Sherril– This book features stunning interiors by design firm Solis Betancourt, combining traditional elements, European luxury, Latin American art, and a contemporary aesthetic.

The Language of Interior Design by Alexa Hampton– Classical interior design at its best.

Made To Order by Campion Platt– This gorgeous book showcases clean, sleek contemporary design that embraces “color, beautifully crafted millwork, and environmentally friendly materials.”

Do you have a favorite design book? We’d love to hear your suggestions, so leave us a comment!