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Old 04-03-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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How to create the "illusion" of straight with door casings?


I am working in a furniture store where two french doors (9'high by 4' wide) have been installed for a display on a very uneven and sloping floor (from east to west the floor loses 3.5" over 12.5' and dips 3/4" in the middle). One of the frames is approx 1/2" from vertical and the other is about 1 1/4" from vertical. I've been asked to put casings on the doors but I'm wondering what my best option is for getting the doors and casings to at least give the appearance of being straight? Thanks for any suggestions.

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Since itís just a display build a level sill on the uneven floor and install the doors on that then you should be fine.

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The sill may be a tripping hazzard.
Would the actually build a floor for this display?
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The sill may be a tripping hazzard.
Would the actually build a floor for this display?
I was assuming no one would be passing through a display.
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thanks for the replies. The doors are actually already in place (one of them is walk-through) so my only issue is the casings and how to get everything to look straight. Should I follow the line of the straighter of the two doors and case everything vertically from there? Or is it better to stick with the lines of each door? The casings will be white but the doors are dark mahogany which I think will amplify anything which is out of line?
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with sitations like that you almost have to mock it up to see how it will look. finish work isnt always about making everything perfectly level and square. it sometimes requires tricking the eye to think things are correct.. this requires keeping lines parallel. if you start messing around too much it can become a real mess really quick or if done correctly it will look like it was always there
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I don't understand this. Is it just the floor that's out, or is it the jambs too? If it's the jambs, then shim them square and cut the doors if necessary.
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Sounds like doors are hung, but proably best to rehang, and cut parallel to floor and case.
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Sounds like doors are hung, but proably best to rehang, and cut parallel to floor and case.
Better see how far off the floor is or leave a big gap underneath or one of the doors won't open!
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Could be, depends on if it slopes away from the hinge side or towards it
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Thanks to everyone for the responses. I managed to get the job done and looking pretty good without too much re-working of the framing. I'll post a picture when I've finished which may explain the issue ,ore clearly. Cheers!

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