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Old 09-11-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

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