The South Shore Millwork Story

Jeffrey Burton, owner South Shore MIllworkA note from Jeff Burton, Owner, South Shore Millwork

Thank you for visiting our blog.  The South Shore Millwork blog is written by our dedicated marketing person on a weekly basis but this time I thought I would take some time to tell you a little bit about my start, our employees, and customers to give you a glimpse into who we are and what we stand for.

In the beginning

As a child, I liked spending time cutting wood on my father’s drill saw. What I liked most was, when I was done, I saw what I built, and it was a really good feeling. So, it was only natural then that I would attend a vocational school where I could hone my skills and prepare for a career in custom woodwork.

I graduated from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, majoring in carpentry. Shortly after graduating, I started working as a furniture refinisher, and then moved on to a few architectural millwork shops, before finally realizing in 1991 that it was time to go out on my own. And, with the support of my wife, Sue, South Shore Millwork in Norton, Massachusetts became a reality!

I started small, before I knew it we had ten talented woodworkers, and we quickly grew to thirty in a matter of two years. That growth rate was the result of our team’s commitment to consistently providing not only an incredible product but also outstanding customer service.

I am personally involved in every hire, ensuring every new team member has a similar work ethic, talent, and the desire to provide an outstanding customer experience to every customer – architects, interior designers, general contractors, and construction managers.


South Shore Millwork would not be celebrating its 23rd year without the incredibly talented and dedicated 70+ person team of craftsman, engineers, installers, project managers, and administrative personnel. This team is the reason our high-end customers keep coming back, and why they refer their friends, families, and business associates. To learn more about them, please take a moment to look at their bios.

In summer 2014, we will be adding 47,000 additional square feet to our existing 33,000 square foot modern, climate controlled shop. Our new facility will include a newly designated area for commercial projects, increased areas for residential work, and will provide more efficiency in manufacturing. As always, South Shore Millwork will continue to blend time honored woodworking techniques with the latest advances in new technology.

Our specialty; our customers

I would say our specialty is two-fold – providing an outstanding customer experience coupled with incredibly beautiful woodwork. We cater to the luxury residential and commercial markets. Our staff is adept at taking an idea, a vision, and making it a reality, all the while keeping the client engaged, informed, and happy.

In closing, I thank you for taking the time to read my note. Please be sure to check out our work if you have a project you’d like us to review; or, if you are searching for a career, be sure to check out our open positions.


Resawn Lumber

Resawing lumber into thinner pieces, resawn lumber, architectural millwork, architectural woodwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandLet us help you make your customer’s vision a reality.

Your environmentally conscious customer calls to tell you they see a gorgeous, bowed hand railing for their new curved stairway in their back yard! What they really see… an oak tree’s stump. This is when you call us. We cut the wood to the right specifications and you’re on your way to creating that work of art. Or, let us create it for you!

As New England’s largest resawn lumber provider, woodworkers, wholesale lumber suppliers, and millwork shops count on South Shore Millwork for their resawn lumber needs.  We have the manpower and equipment to cut thick lumber into thin cuts.  Our stock or yours, the outcome is the same – resawn lumber cut just right to your specifications.


  • Standard thicknesses: 1/10”, 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”re-sawn lumber, architectural millwork, architectural woodworking, Boston, Massachusetts, New England
  • Other sizes available upon request
  • Available in widths 1-1/2” to 13”
  • Any wood species


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  • Sustainable practice
  • Uniform color and grain
  • Bookmatching is standard
  • Glueable faces
  • Reduction in sand-through errors
  • More stable than veneer
  • No checks

Sample Uses

  • Door skins
  • Flooring
  • Curved mouldings
  • Boat building

Resawn lumber, custom tailored to fit your unique vision. Contact us to learn more.

Trim and Moulding: Make a Royal Statement

maple ceiling and trimA room without crown moulding is like a queen without her crown!

Upon entering a newly constructed or renovated room, your eyes scan the floor, then the walls looking at the doorways and windows and then, finally, the ceiling.  You know something is missing; the room doesn’t look quite right – it looks… unfinished.

That’s where South Shore Millwork’s custom trim and moulding come in.  Whether residential, commercial or historical, baseboard, casing, chair rail, or crown moulding, these design elements add finery to any room worthy of royalty.white painted crown moulding

Trim must be of the highest quality and must be carefully chosen to further the aesthetic of the space.  It can make a powerful design statement by highlighting distinctive features and creating focal points in rooms.  Moulding design elements not only enhance a home’s interior but it can add visual interest to a home’s exterior too.  Whether your home’s style leans classic or modern, you can customize it with gorgeous architectural details.

exterior white painted crownSouth Shore Millwork works with architects, general contractors, custom home builders and interior designers from all over New England to create commercial and residential spaces of distinction.  We stock hundreds of knives to create virtually any moulding profile.  And, if we don’t have the profile in stock, we will have a custom knife made to fabricate any special requests.  So please take a peek at our extensive moulding catalog or contact us to learn more about our eye-catching finishing touches.

Stave Cores for Doors

Our custom stave cores for wood doors are designed to perform, inside and out.

wood stave core for doorsNo other architectural woodwork takes more abuse than a door. At South Shore Millwork, we strongly encourage our customers to use stave core construction in doors with exposure to the elements, such as residential, commercial and industrial exterior doors and interior doors that will experience heavy usage.  Our stave core doors look amazing and offer greater firmness and resistance to breakage, which is important at hardware cutouts and glass openings.

Our high-quality, custom-made stave core is made by bonding together small pieces of wood to form a core blank.  Once bonded, it is sanded to a uniform thickness.  Finger-jointed hard, soft, or rot resistant wood cores provide stability for all types of wood as well as book matching capabilities.

South Shore Millwork has stave cores available for 1-7/8” to 2-3/8” thick doors and up to 120” long and are made to your custom specifications and wood species. Contact us for high performing stave cores to be used for your doors or in ours.

Curved & Radius Architectural Woodwork

Of the many types of custom architectural woodworking we do here at South Shore Millwork, some of our most extraordinary projects involve curved and radius work.

curved cabinetry, architectural woodwork, millwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandEntrance doors, cabinetry, and architectural features with rounded elements can be a beautiful addition to any design or renovation project, and we have the high quality craftsmanship to bring your vision to life.

Imagine a bar or countertop so luxurious in rich mahogany, its curves as smooth and flowing as silk, easily becoming the focal point of any high-end lounge, residential Chef’s kitchen or master suite.

historical oak curved entry door, architectural woodwork, millwork, Boston, Massachusetts, New EnglandPicture a majestic historical building with dramatically curved doors and windows, crafted from the finest old English oak, every detail perfectly matching to its original architectural design.

Or, the interior of a place of worship, luxury hotel or residence where radius raised panel millwork perfectly accentuates a domed ceiling, and passageways are framed with curved soffits enriching the look of every room.

We can plot your curved or radius piece for computer-aided manufacturing, have it re-sawn for vacuum pressing, or hand-carved at the bench for that custom-made distinction.

We partner with general contractors, construction managers, architects, and interior designers to consistently produce and deliver the finest architectural woodwork.

Let us create the extraordinary for you; contact us today!

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