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ltd 12-06-2012 10:48 PM

trimming masonite 6 panel doors
whats the best way to trim 3/8 inch off sides of door and 1/4 inch off bottem? with out messing up the doors finish .im thinking power planer ,mabey hand planer ,or just a skillsaw with a clamped down fence .anybody work with these door lately?

mbryan 12-06-2012 10:49 PM

Tape the cuts to limit splintering. Have a table saw or track saw?

carpdad 12-08-2012 07:12 AM

Freud thin blade with 40 teeth or more gave me good results. You can cut close to pencil line and finish with a plane or belt sander.

joecaption 12-08-2012 07:16 AM

Is that 3/8 on each side or 3/8 in total?

oh'mike 12-08-2012 07:59 AM

Check the bottom of the door and see how much thickness the edges have---some of the cheap ones only have 1/2" or so ---removing that much may destroy the door---

If the door is drilled for a lock set--all trimming must be done from the hinge side or the lock set back will be wrong and the door will be ruined---Use a slab door and bore your lock holes after any trimming--

joecaption 12-08-2012 08:05 AM

That's what I was thinking.
As cheap as those doors are I'd concider just installing a whole new prehung.

woodworkbykirk 12-08-2012 12:56 PM

or use a solid core.. no worrying about putting the filler strip back in or the door falling apart over time because the glue joint fails

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