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Old 10-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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how can I cut this Ikea aluminum door (photos attached) with a window insert down from 91" to 75"? its too tall for the place I want to put it and it needs to be shortened.

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Old 10-14-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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If you remove the screws, the frame will come apart---then the rails can be cut and drilled so the frame can be reassembled.

If that is glass inside the frame, it will be tempered---that will need to be cut by a glass shop---and there is a possibility that it will shatter during the cutting---

Call a glass shop before you get excited----the cost and risk might not be worth it.---Mike----

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The insert appears to be translucent corrugated plastic. Can I simply put painter's tape down and cut it with a multi tool?
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Easier to just take it to the local glass shop, and have them cut the frame down to size, and same goes for the plastic. They would get a better cut on that plastic sheeting, since they have a large table with a cutter, that they use for cutting those sheets.

They would basically come on site to get the correct measurements, then take the doors back to their shop, and cut the frames to fit, then cut the plastic to fit, bring back to your place and reinstall.
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The insert appears to be translucent corrugated plastic. Can I simply put painter's tape down and cut it with a multi tool?

I think that would work-----
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Is there some sort of end piece installed inside the bottom end of each vertical piece? If so, just how 'removable' would it be? Or not at all due to being welded or otherwise fixed into place?
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I fear the cost of going to a glass shop so I've picked up one of those metal blade bit thingies for my multi tool. I'm going to try to cut the aluminum and plastic with it tomorrow.
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I fear the cost of going to a glass shop so I've picked up one of those metal blade bit thingies for my multi tool. I'm going to try to cut the aluminum and plastic with it tomorrow.
The cost is not going to be as much as it will be, if you mess up and miss-cut the existing door.
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Okay. I'll do a test cut first since I have 16" to play with. If I mess up those cuts then I'll take it to the glass shop
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The aluminum frame can be cut with a wood blade in a miter saw or circular saw--just cut slowly and wear eye protection.
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I would diffidently use a skill saw over a multi tool as it is much easier to keep a skill saw going strait. personally I would not try to cut a door like this
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A multi-tool, the typical oscillating saw, doesn't move all that fast. So it shouldn't be as difficult to follow a clearly marked line. A jigsaw would likely be tricky. A circular saw would make quick work of it but you'd really want to use a guide of some kind to keep the cut straight. That and protect the plastic so the shoe of the saw didn't mar the surface.
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I've had trouble cutting plastic with a circular saw---chips and chunks----
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I did a test cut and surprisingly the multi tool cut through both the plastic and the aluminum framing very well - especially the aluminum (cuts like butter). What a relief!

In case someone's wondering, I'm using a Chicago Electric multi/oscillating tool and a Bosch bi-metal oscillating tool blade (with the Bosch universal adapter).

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