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Beech River Mill Builds Custom Wooden Shutters, Blinds and Doors that are Built on Tradition, Grounded in Craftsmanship and Engineered for Tomorrow - Since 1851

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Shutter & Door Care Tips

  • Wash once a year with warm water, be sure to remove any excess debris from between shutters and the adjacent facade.
  • Check hinges, pintles, and tie-backs for any potential signs of wear or malfunction.
  • Validate mounting hardware is securely connected to the building.
  • For further concerns don’t hesitate to call or e-mail

Shutter & Door Terms

Stiles: The long vertical members of the shutter or door frame. The stiles typically have mortise pockets cut into them.

Rails: The shorter horizontal portion of the shutter or door frame. The rails will normally be tenoned on either end to be inserted into the mortise pockets of the stiles.

Slats/Louvers: The thin horizontal intermediary members ranging from 1/4″ to 1/2″ in thickness and can vary in width. The louvers are mortised into the stiles of the shutter or door. They can be boxed, bull nosed, or beveled on the outer leading edges.

Flat Panel: A board finished to a standard pre-determined thickness with no outer additional profile which is then inserted into the shutter or door frame.

Raised Panel: A board finished to a standard pre-determined thickness featuring a custom selected cutter profile which projects outwards from the frame of the shutter or door.

Rabbit & Bead Closure: An overlapping 1/4″ to 5/16″ wide cut into the outer meeting stiles of shutters or doors with a 1/4″ exposed bead profile cut into the reverse face.

Control Rods: A fixed or moveable vertical length of stock typically 1/2″ x 9/16″ used to articulate moveable louvered shutters or doors. Faux stationary control rods can also be used to give the appearance of a moveable louver on a fixed louvered shutter or door.

Mouse Hole: A small concaved shaped opening cut into the rails of louvered shutters and doors to receive control rods.

Trim: An applied wooden architectural profile used to enhance the dimensionality of shutter and door frames.

Scallop: A concave architectural profile cut into 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ bull nosed slats on the CS-304 Beacon Hill style of shutter.

Arched: Referring to shutters or doors with a Palladian or otherwise curved top rail specifically meant to emulate the contours of the window or door opening it is to be affixed to.

Horns: An extension of the stiles which protrudes past the primary top and bottom joints of the stiles and rails. This is most commonly seen on the top and/or bottoms of exterior shutters. Horns can vary in length from 1/2″ to 1-1/2″. Horns are not typically seen on interior shutters, or doors.

Mortise: A hole cut into a shutters stile into which the tenon of a shutters rail is inserted to form a mortise & tenon joint. Also, a recessed area cut out of a shutter or window casement.

Tenon: A “tongue” cut on one piece of wood which is inserted into a hole, or mortise, cut into the mating piece of wood to form a mortise & tenon joint.

Mortise & Tenon: A wood construction method consisting of a “tongue”, or tenon, cut on one piece of wood which is inserted into a hole, or mortise, cut into the mating piece of wood to form a strong, secure joint.