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Old 05-11-2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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Trimming Bi-fold doors

i have a rough opening of 23" wide x 80" high. Instead of buying custom bi-fold doors i purchased 24" wide doors. my strategy is to trim each leaf (on the hinge side) a little more than a 1/4" so that it would fit. The doors are mahongany with louvers and the jambs are 1-1/2" wide, since the louvers are set in the jambs would i be ok if i took that 1/4" off? will i make a mess when i run it thu the table saw and hit all the louvered slats? i'm assuming that the jambs are of solid stock.....

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:12 PM   #3
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When you say a "rough" opening , I assume you really mean the clear opening of the jambs? This is going to be pretty close in my opinion, because you are actually going to need to take more than 1/4" off or the outside corners of the doors will bind when they pivot. They cannot be fitted that tight in the jambs. Whether you can take 5/16" off without exposing the ends of the louvers just depends on the manufacture of the doors. My guess is that the louvers are not mortised that deep and will be OK, but it's just that, a guess. Also taking all the cut on just the hinge side is going to make it pretty easy to see the different widths of the stiles, you would be better to trim both sides of each panel. Good luck.

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