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The perfect shutters for your Historic Chicago home

Just bought a home in Chicago, say in Lakeview or Wicker Park, and you want to make it something really special? You picked the right city for having a beautiful home, as that’s been a Chicago tradition for quite a while. And to make your home really special, consider adding some genuine exterior wood shutters.

Chicago, Illinois, is an excellent place to explore and enjoy Architecture in America. A major business center, and rich in cultural diversity, from the 19th century onwards Chicago grew into one of the Architectural powerhouses of the world. Some of the first skyscrapers in the world were built here, such as the William LeBaron Jennings Home Insurance building. The whole idea of constructing a building with emphasis on using its height more effectively was codified there, developing into what is known as the Chicago School of Architecture. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the entire city was effectively rebuilt, and when they did so, they built up! And they built with incredible originality and skill. Just like our genuine wood shutters.

Just look at the Chicago Pumping Station, at the start of the Magnificent Mile where some of the nations most posh stores, restaurants, and people call home. Such a humble name for such a magnificent building. Neoclassical architecture found a home in Chicago in buildings like that, but so did Colonial Revival, Dutch Revival, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival, Modern, Post Modern, and our old friend Art Deco. Ever hear of the Chicago Bungalow? A home style that started up in Chicago, comfortable and durable. And you know what looks great on a Chicago Bungalow? Louvered Shutters do.

Look at those charming homes in North Center, Chicago. It is not uncommon to see exterior wood shutters gracing the windows of homes there. Louvered shutters in particular, with operable Louvers, have always served a useful and artful purpose on homes for centuries. You can close the shutters for privacy, and open or close the Louvers for more or less air flow. It was the original way to control the temperature of your home. And they also have a timeless, distinctive appeal.

Wooden Shutters to Fit Your Needs

We at Estate Millwork can make Louvered Shutters to perfectly fit whatever window you want to have them. Give us the correct measurements, and we can custom make a genuine wood shutter to exactly fit your window. And we have the precision machining equipment and tools to make your Louvers operable if you like, or add whatever other flourishes you desire. The design tools on our website should make this process easy and fun.

Need Shutter horns, mouse holes, custom wide or thin louvers, faux lift rods, custom mouldings, or even Arched shutters? We can do that for you. And no Pressed Sawdust here! We use genuine hardwoods, like Maple, Cherry, Oak, or Teak. We also are experienced in working with more exotic hardwoods, like Mahogany. All of these choices and more are available on our website. Choose the one you like to compliment your home exterior or interior decor.

Special shutter dimensions are also available if you are doing some restoration work or just have an original window to work with. And if you prefer Paneled shutters, Bermuda Shutters, Board and Batten shutters, or Combination shutters, we can do those as well. All custom made to your order, to whatever dimensions you need, and with a wide variety of wood species to choose from.

And when the rain and wind start blowing off of Lake Michigan, you’ll be glad you have authentic wood shutters to protect your home.

Custom Crafted All-Wood Shutters

Starting with top grades of rough hardwood stock, we hand-select each board. That is the only way you get durable and distinctive exterior shutters for your home. You work with the best! We keep waste to a bare minimum, improve quality, and provide our customers with durable, solid exterior shutters that outlast cheap vinyl or low-grade veneer exterior shutters. We also work with cypress, mahogany, and teak, distinguishing us from the competition.

Shutters Customized To Suit Your Tastes

We are always proud to make the best possible custom wood shutters for your home. Estate Millwork uses a combination of modern ingenuity and timeless craftsmanship. Our shutters feature:

  • Genuine hardwood, kiln-dried to 6% moisture content for exterior shutter strength and longevity;
  • Precision-machined mortise-and-tenon construction, hand-clamped and glued for the highest strength join possible;
  • Fully customizable wooden design, including adjustable louvers, custom radius tops, cutouts, and historic wood shutter reconstruction;
  • Many historic styles to choose from, including louvered shutters, raised panel shutters, board-and-batten shutters, flat shutters, plantation shutters, Bermuda shutters, and an easy-to-use custom exterior shutter design tool;
  • Peace of mind that comes from quality craftsmanship by an environmentally conscious, green company that puts sustainability first in all of its operations.

Whether it's a new house, renovation, home improvement, or historic reconstruction, our exterior shutters are the right choice for your home project.

Any questions? Call 412.489.9148 – our expert customer service representatives are glad to help.

To order shutters for your home, call or e-mail our customer service team today.


The Best Materials

Although our Louvered shutters can be ordered in a variety of materials, for use we recommend Spanish Cedar, the only Cedar that is an actual hardwood. Known for its durability, strength, and resistance to rot, fungus and insects, this premium material is used both in the rail and stile frames of the louvered shutters, as well as the actual Poplar louvers. Estate Millwork uses domestic and imported hardwoods from sustainable forests, and has invested heavily in technology and software to maximize the yield and quality of our rough Poplar lumber. Our Spanish Cedar is kiln dried to an exacting 6% moisture content, and the process of converting the rough lumber into finished dimensional stock is executed by Estate Millwork craftsmen, giving us the maximum control over the quality of our shutters.

Beautiful Black Exterior Louvered Wooden Shutters

Hand Craftsmanship

Once our rough Poplar lumber has been processed to the correct dimensions for the final shutter, our craftsmen begin the machining or milling processes that are involved in the high quality construction technique that we use, moritse and tenon joinery. The ends of each rail are machined with a beefy 2" tenon, and the stiles are machined with mortises to receive the tenons, as well as the deep set hardwood louvers. After the computer controlled machining is completed, each louvered shutter is assembled, by hand. The tenons are fit into the mortises with 1/64" accuracy, the louvers are set in the deep louver mortises on the stiles, and everything is held fast with premium wood glues and our special, house made hardwood pegs. The hardwood cedar pegs hold the frame together, and are the strongest, oldest, longest lasting wood joint known to the art of joinery.

Custom Quality

Our website is a starting point to quickly design and price Poplar louvered shutters. In addition to specifying the dimensions, style and material, customers can request radius tops, operable louvers, custom rail placements and frame designs. We are able to achieve a premium quality product at a very affordable price, usually less than any of our competitors, by our investment in technology, craftsmanship, and scale of operations. You can browse the online Shutters designs in the catalog, or interact with our shutter designer to get instant pricing, including discounts, on line. There are many other applications for louvered shutters, including room partitions, toilet room doors, closets, awnings and others, so please contact Estate Millwork with any questions or design ideas that you have.



Solid Wood Mortise and Tenons

Premium deep pocket mortise and tenon joinery

True Tenons

Our premium quality shutters are carefully constructed using a time consuming and precise operation. Whereas other lower quality shutters are made using screws, nails, dowels or biscuit joints, each of our exterior wooden shutters has a minimum of 4 hardwood tenons. The end of each rail is painstakingly machined to have a 1/2" X 1 7/8" tenon by a custom built tenoning machine that Estate Millwork developed so that we could continue to provide the best quality joinery in the industry, at an attractive price. We gave up the cost, but not the quality.

Deep Pocket Mortises

Each stile is precision machined with a minimum of two deep pocket mortises, and these mortises perfectly fit the associated tenon. Again, Estate Millwork has used precision automation to preserve the quality of our products, while reducing the cost. We have software that connects our website directly to the machines in the plant, and when a customer places an order with us, all of the precision programs for machining the mortises into the stiles are sent to the plant for automatic execution. The mortise tenon joint, is the strongest joint in millwork, and adds tremendous strength, even without the use of glue.

Hardwood Dowels

Once the tenon and mortise have been machined, the parts are put together and a hole is drilled through the mortise and the tenon. A slightly oversized hardwood dowel is driven into the hole, locking the tenon into the mortise for the life of the shutter. Even though glue is not required, Estate Millwork takes the added step of gluing the tenon into the mortise, and gluing the hardwood dowel into the stile.

Hand Assembly

In our commitment to preserving the best of quality millwork traditions in each wood shutter, we have automated much of the drudgery of some of the operations, but assembling a shutter is still something very much in the realm of craftsmanship. After all the parts of each wooden shutter are manufactured, one of our skilled craftsmen fits them together in a specialized jig for dry fitting and final assembly. We do not use pneumatic or hydraulic clamps as they can damage or over-stress the wood. The craftsman uses his innate feel for the materials to set the appropriate clamping pressure prior to drilling and doweling. Each wooden shutter receives the individual attention of craftsmen all along the way, but the final assembly is where the shutter comes together the first time, ready for years of service on your home.


Precision Crafted Louvered Shutters Using State of the Art CNC Machinery

Solid Louvers

Each louver in our louvered shutters is precision machined in a 5 head moulder that can be configured to mould any of our 3 standard production profiles, or custom profiles as specified by the customer. We offer 1/2" X 2 1/4", 3/8" X 1 3/4", and 1/4" X 1 1/4" bullnose profiles, but also have tooling for chevron, beveled, and other louver profiles. Whether the louvered shutter is to use fixed louver or operable louvers, we can even create custom tooling to match existing millwork, or to provide the ultimate in personalization and detailing.

True Louvered Shutter Mortises and Louver Mortises

Each louver in a fixed louvered shutter is seated in a 7/16" deep mortise in the shutter stile. Our CNC machining equipment be instantly programmed to program any variation of louver size, profile, pitch, and spacing, that gives us unlimited flexibility to match historic millwork, or to create custom louvered shutters to a precise specification in terms of louver count, rail placement, and air flow. In the same pass as the louver mortises are being created, our equipment also creates the larger mortises for each rail in the shutter. Unlike many custom shutter manufacturers today, Estate Millwork does not use cheap dowels, veneers, screws, or biscuits. Instead we use old fashioned mortise and tenon joints, even though they are considered by other custom shutter manufacturers as too expensive. Because we have invested heavily in automation, our cost to produce highly custom louvered shutters using solid materials and premium joinery is much lower than other manufacturers, hence: higher quality, lower price.

Solid Tenons

The tenons on both ends of each rail are engineered to give maximum stability to the louvered shutter frame, and when combined with our hardwood dowling, the shutter frame will stay together and be extremely stable, even without glue. But of course we use glue for added strength. For larger louvered shutters, we use a 10 inch baserail that has two tenons and a third feather tenon for additional strength that connects the two main tenons. These tenons are precision machined on a propriety tenon machine that Estate Millwork designed and custom built. Our sophisticated mortise and tenon joinery preserves 100% of the quality of traditional mortise and tenon joinery at a fraction of the cost.


Shutter Options

Thickness, Width, Height

The "slab dimensions" are the size of the actual exterior shutter from top to bottom, left to right, and the thickness. Our default standard thickness is 1 5/16", but that can be varied from 7/8" to 2 1/4" to match existing exterior shutters. The length and height can be specified to the nearest 1/16" inch. Depending upon the style of the shutter, we have made widths up to 20 feet wide, and heights up 30 feet.

Shutter Frame Dimensions

Because all of our exterior wooden shutters are custom built from true rail and stile construction, we have the ability to replicate any component dimension on existing shutters, including rail height, placement, width, thickness, and stile width and thickness. Typically, the bottom rail of our custom shutters is 4. high, and all other rails are 2 1/2" inches. Stile widths are usually 2 1/2" but we have the ability to make them of virtually any width, including different widths for left and right stiles -- sometimes used for pairs of shutters.

Custom Sticking

Out standard products are S4S, or square shoulder sticking, but we have the capability to mould any feasible profile to the inner or outer frame fields. Common choices are ogee, cove and bead, bevel, cove etc. In addition to our stock sticking profiles, we can also custom grind tooling to achieve any desired profile to either match historical wood shutters, or to meet an architects or home owner.s specifications and preferences.

Shiplapping and Beading

For operable shutters, or for decoration, our wood shutters can be machined with a bead on one face of the inside edge of the shutter, and with a ship lap on the other, allowing the shutters to overlap by 3/8" when they are in the closed position - permitting a tighter fit. The left and right shutters are machined as pairs so that in the closed position, each face of the pair has a decorative bead visible.

Panel Profiles

Our raised panel shutters can be raised with our standard scoop profile, but we offer bevels, coves, ogeees and other profiles as well. Additionally, for the extremely discriminating home owner or architect we can create new tooling to match existing historical panel profiles, or to meet with a unique custom requirement.

Louver Styles

Our louvered shutters can be fitted with either our standard bullnose louvers in 3 sizes, or with a chevron or bevel profile as options. And because we are a custom shutter maker, we can also accommodate any special profiles that are specified by the customer.

Cut Outs

Raised Panel and Flat Panel Shutters can have a limitless variety of decorative cut outs machined into the center of the panels. Common shapes are moons, anchors, trees, hearts and we have a large number of stock cut outs which we offer, as well as the ability to match custom patterns that are provided by the customer

Finishes

Estate Millwork can ship our custom wooden shutters in natural, primed, painted or stained finishes. We can match national brand color numbers, pre-tint primers for light or dark finishes, and apply hand rubbed stain finished, even to the time consuming louvered shutters.


Poplar the Poor Man's Cherry

Poplar Wood Grain

Poplar hardwood lacking bold coloration or an exciting grain pattern has a pale olive-yellow brown heartwood and sapwood is lighter off-white or gray with greenish hues and doesn't often get the respect we feel it deserves. The Poplar tree is widespread across all of North America and Europe, and it grows very rapidly and to large sizes, making it very easy to sustain.

Because the wood is often painted or used in secondary applications where it isn’t visible, it is very easy to find wide, clear sections of Poplar for a variety of uses.

Poplar lumber is pretty soft and very easy to work. But botanically speaking it is a hardwood meaning it is a deciduous tree. But it is highly stable, easily available in width and length, and takes paint and stain famously well. However using Poplar as a stain grade species is often overlooked. Some will call Poplar wood "poor man's Cherry" as it oxidizes over time to a much darker shade of brown.


MaterialPoplarPremium FAS Clear GradeRot Resistant, Insect Resistant Premium Exterior Lumber
Joinery3/4" X 3"True Mortise & Tenon,Strongest solid wooden joint
Frame Thickness1 5/16 "Solid WoodRigid Integrity
Stile Width2 1/2 "Hand JointedVertical Stability
Base Rail4 "BalanceArchitecturally Correct
Crown Rail2 1/2 "BalanceHistorically Accurate
Louvers 3/8 " X 1 3/4 "Solid, BullnoseTraditional Detail
Louver Pitch67.5 DegreesFixed LouversSturdy, Air flow
Louver Spacing1.375 "Variable OptionsCustomizable
ApplicationsBuilt to your requirements
FinishMachine Sand 120, Hand Sanded 150Drum,Edge & Palm sandedTop quality hand finish
PackingFoam Wrapped in Custom Built Carton1/8" Foam, 3/16 Trim Sheet 100lbProtection against damage in transit.
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