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Old 05-23-2006, 10:22 AM   #1
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Trimming Solid Door


Hello Everyone,

What is the best way to trim down a solid door??

Should I use a table saw or should I use a circular saw w/ a guide??

What type of blade should I use also??

Also, does anyone have instructions on drilling the hole for the door knob?? It is solid door blank because my door frames are made out of metal instead of the normal.

What I plan on doing is using the original door as my guide for the hinges and the door knob.

If anyone has a better way, please let me know.

Thanks, Allen

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Old 05-23-2006, 11:31 AM   #2
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I think a circular saw with a guide should be fine, maybe a 4-foot level and some clamps. If you're worried about a clean cut, you could get a fine-tooth plywood blade, but I wouldn't worry too much about it. Nobody looks at the bottom of doors anyway.

As far as a guide for setting the knob, most knobsets come with a paper template that you can tape onto the door to get the holes in the right place. If your trying to match a new door with an existing jamb, I would hang the door first so it lines up with the catch before drilling it.

Using the old door as a guide would probably work fine also, especially for the hinges.

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I hope that you are good, replacing a door is not that easy if you want it to look good. I use a razor knife as a marking tool, pencils are too sloppy.
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