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tri-again 09-11-2011 11:12 AM

How to frame an open door opening
 
I am finishing my basement and have a number of door opening that I will not be installing doors. The rough opening is 2x6. I have installed sheet rock all the way to the door opening. That means the opening is now
6 1/2 inches wide. I planned on putting a 1x6 on the opening and then framing the outside. However, that will not work because a 1x6 is not wide enough. How do you do this? I know I could just sheetrock it but I wanted an actual frame.

Joe Carola 09-11-2011 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by tri-again (Post 725924)
That means the opening is now
6 1/2 inches wide. I planned on putting a 1x6 on the opening and then framing the outside. However, that will not work because a 1x6 is not wide enough. How do you do this? .

Buy a 1x8 and rip it down.

rjniles 09-11-2011 02:21 PM

I you want high end stuff, go with custom jambs:

http://www.hardwooddoorandbevel.com/..._jambstock.htm

Or if you are going to paint, use 1 x 8 Poplar and rip to just oversize. Plane or sand to final dimension. Poplar is very stable and takes paint very well.

oldhouseguy 09-11-2011 06:47 PM

Rip the 1x8 on a table saw. I just did this with a 1x6 to rip down to 4 3/4 to build jambs for an old, old garage.

If you have no access to a table saw, you could also snap a chalk line down the 1x8 and use a hand held 5 1/4 circular saw to cut straight down the line, although it might not make a perfectly straight cut, you could then use a finish sander to make it pretty.

kwikfishron 09-11-2011 07:17 PM

If you have to rip something like a door jamb with a circular saw then clamp a straight edge to the board and guide the saws table against that.

You'll have to offset the straight edge the distance between the saw blade and the edge of the table.

oldhouseguy 09-12-2011 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by kwikfishron (Post 726179)
If you have to rip something like a door jamb with a circular saw then clamp a straight edge to the board and guide the saws table against that.

You'll have to offset the straight edge the distance between the saw blade and the edge of the table.


Now, THAT is a really good idea! :thumbsup:


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