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Old 02-22-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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the trim that comes on the plain regular flush indoor door from HD is too wide (1-3/4" from the jamb) for my application and i need to take it off and put something that is 1.5" on both sides exactly cause it goes at the end of a hallway and i have very limited width.

as opposed to it being currently tapered on the door side and thicker on the outside, i plan to not have that, i.e. very simple rectangular, which also looks more modern.

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1. should i use regular SPF 1x lumber or should i invest in something sturdier to prevent possible warping? maple or poplar, perhaps?

2. should i kerf each trim strip to prevent possible warping?

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Will it be painted or is it going to be stained ? If paint I recommend poplar or aspen they both take paint very well. If staining I would match the jamb/door material or base material. As far as the kerf issue, if nailed properly warping should not be an issue.
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if you have a table saw just remove the trim and rip it down to the width you need. this is a standard procedure for any carpenter who does trim work
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if you have a table saw just remove the trim and rip it down to the width you need. this is a standard procedure for any carpenter who does trim work
i do have a table saw and was thinking about it but i also kindof don't like the shape of the trim it comes with (teardrop shaped in cross-section, tapering). i would like it more geometrically simplistic.

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use finger jointed preprimed trim if it was me
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use finger jointed preprimed trim if it was me
why would a narrow piece like this need to be jointed? i also noticed the original trim is jointed and would like to know the reason why as opposed to using a single piece of wood.

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Can you get 'Knock Down" doors? they come unassembled and without trim up here.
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cost and stability same as a cabinet door it has multiple pieces glued together to prevent warp and cupping
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You might want to look in the millwork department for what is called a "mull strip". These are about 1/4" thick and can be bought in different widths. This will give you the geometric shape without having to cut down 3/4 stock.

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