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Old 01-27-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
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How much can I safely shorten this door?


I was hoping to repurpose this door in our basement remodel, however the opening is shorter. How many inches could I safely remove from the top and bottom?

79 1/4" overall height
9" from bottom to glass
4.5" from top to glass


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It appears to be a solid wood door. How and why are you planing on cutting some off of it?

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It's a solid wood door so cutting off the bottom a few inches should not effect it.
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It's a solid wood door so cutting off the bottom a few inches should not effect it.

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Solid lower rail. You can rip it down a bit.
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Keep in mind, the hinge/lock stiles are usually the same width as the top rail. The bottom rail is always wider than the others, same as a pro picture framer does; the bottom reveal is wider than top/sides. The lockset may look odd if installed next to another standard door. Nice door, btw, I have a 15 lite from kitchen/dining room.

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Thanks, it is solid wood and in good shape. However, the wife doesn't like it as a bathroom door if though the bathroom is only accessible though the master bedroom.

It will be the only door in the middle of the basement, so it will not have any doors near to compare.
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Can't say I blame the wife, the last thing I'd want on my bathroom door is a bunch of windows!
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If you cut anything off of the top or bottom your lock set will not line up.Big problem
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hinges won't either.How long do you want to spend fitting this door over buying a new one? It all depends on how much your cutting off which you did not say?
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If your reusing the whole door and frame you just cut the jambs to fit the rough opening and remove and cut the door so there's about 3/4 gap under it.
No way would I use that door for a bathroom.
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The goal is to relocate the door to our basement away from its current position in the bathroom. I am not worried about the lock or hinge location, because I am making new jambs for the basement location.

However, I don't think I'll be able to shorten the door enough. With door framing and floor installed, the door can only be 72" tall. Can I take 2" from the top and 5" from the bottom without disaster?
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Can I take 2" from the top and 5" from the bottom without disaster?
The disaster will come if you cut past the mortise and tenon joint. 5" may be bit much.
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If that much needs to come off I'd play it safe and prebore and drill for some 6" long decking screws to make sure it stays together.
I've used them before on older wooden doors that were sticking and the home owner let it go to long and the rails and stiles had pulled apart and they worked great.
Just make sure to counter bore a hole first for a wood plug.
Make sure to take into account the OD of the bit needed to drive them in and the standard size the wooden plug needs to be.
These type screws in the store can be bought one at a time, not by the box.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/OWT-Ornam...6628/203667378

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