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Mitch Suber Custom Shutters

Listing #963   Listed on: 12/29/2009

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We specialize in building and installing interior plantation shutters for the retail and wholesale market. While we buy most of our components from suppliers, we maintain the ability to make our own parts in house if needed. This is important when customers request shutters made from special woods such as mahogany or heart pine. We also build historical exterior shutters and do renovations whenever the oportunity comes along. In addition to shutters, we have been selling and installing custom closet systems for the last five years. We outsource the majority of the melamine work, but do the smaller jobs completely in our shop. I personally work in all areas of the shop and enjoy working on our specialty shapes like eyebrows and archtops. I also do most of our installing. A lot of the procedures we do when making shutters are accomplished on shopmade tools and jigs.
Company Name:   Mitch Suber Custom Shutters
Contact Name:   Mitch Suber
Location:   Bainbridge, GA  39817
Year Founded:   1990
Sq. Footage:   4,500
Employees:   3
Gross Sales:   250,000

Product Specialties:
    Architectural Millwork - Custom Millwork
    Cabinets - Closets and Storage
    Cabinets - Custom Cabinets
    Cabinets - Residential Cabinetry
    Cabinets - Store Fixtures
    Finishing - General Wood Finishing
    Finishing - Refinishing
    Furniture - Custom Furniture
    Woodworking - General

Shop Equipment:
    Dewalt - 13" Planer
    Powermatic - Dust Collector
    Powermatic - #66 10" Table Saw
    Ritter - Overhead Boring machine
    Other - Seco 3hp shaper
    Craftsman - Bandsaw
    Craftsman - Drill Press
    Porter Cable - Routers
    Other - Louver Drill
    Other - Shutter Stapler
    Delta - 10" Miter saw
    Dewalt - 12" Chop saw
    Other - Hitachi 12" Miter Saw
    Devilbiss (Look Alike... - 1 qt Hvlp Spray Gun
    Other - P.C. 60 gal Air Compressor
    Other - Speedaire 80 gl. Compressor
    Other - KCD Design Software

Viewer Comments:

Posted By: Larry     [01/12/2010]
Nicely setup for the purpose. Good attention to details like the instructions by the slat drill. You might want to cover the open sheaves though.

Posted By: Mitch     [01/12/2010]
Thank you Larry for the compliment and also for the safety recommendation. I sometimes focus too much on function and forget that people sometimes stick their fingers where they don't belong.

Posted By: Don     [01/13/2010]
Always glad to see a small shop doing well in the market these days. As a custom furniture and cabinet maker, I'm doing all I can just to keep afloat. It looks like you have your shop layed out well. Best of luck in the future.

Posted By: Vijay kunchum     [01/14/2010]
In these days of mass manufacturing and marketing, your success comes as a whiff of fresh air. When CNC machines are taking over the skills and the human touch is lost, people like you will be torch bearers for a saner world.

Posted By: Mitch     [01/14/2010]
Don, a lot of us are right there with you in doing all we can to keep the wheels turning. Being in business certainly has its challenges and it certainly is good to hear encouraging words from others. Thanks and I hope you do well with your business.
Vijay, I originally thought that I wanted to be a mass producer, but found the more volume, more madness (less money) did not work for me. I salute the ones that can make it work on that level, it just did not fit who I was. I found that after growing for several years, we were no longer enjoying what we did for a living, and it seemed finances always dominated every conversation and decision. After some painful downsizing, I believe we have returned the human touch back to what we do and it has certainly helped my sanity. Thanks Vijay.

Posted By: Tyler     [01/25/2010]
Great job on the shutters, I am looking at building a few for the exterior of my house. I will be building them out of cedar. Could you point me in the right direction for painting them, what products to use for the primer and top coat. I spray both HVLP and high pressure.

Posted By: Mitch     [01/26/2010]
Tyler, I always prime with an oil base primer. Sherwin Williams is popular in my area and I have had good performance from their products. Use a oil base exterior primer, I prefer a fast dry (s.w. preprite). Sometimes the oils found in some exterior woods will really slow the dry time of the regular oil primers. I pre-prime the inside of the stiles and the louver ends prior to assembly. Use a really good exterior latex paint (s.w. super paint) and be sure to extra coat the top and bottom of the panel.
You'll probably have to thin the latex to get it to spray, but use no more water than necessary. I apply several coats to get the final build that I want. I have some jobs out there that have aged real well with this procedure. If you need any more help, just ask. I do recommend mortise & tenon joints if building a louvered or raised panel shutter.

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