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nick400012000 01-20-2008 10:13 AM

how to cut the bottom of hollow interior doors with out damaging the door
 
I recently got new carpet in my home after they were done I was told that I would have to cut the bottom of the doors to clear the carpet. Any sugestions??

NateHanson 01-20-2008 10:18 AM

how much do you need to cut off? If less than an inch, the door should be solid to at least that height.

I'd use a sharp 40 tooth blade, lay masking tape over the cut on both sides, clamp a fence to the door, and go at it with the circular saw.

AtlanticWBConst. 01-20-2008 10:26 AM

If you need to cut off more, and you get into the hollow portion of the door:
I usually take the atucal "cut-off" segment, then run it thru the table saw - taking the panel-surface material off of each of the sides.
What you are left with is the actual "core" plug that was in the bottom of the door. Just install that back into the hollw area using wood glue and some pin nails to hold it in place until the glue dries.
Last, I like to take a palm sander and smooth over the cut edges a little on the bottom as well.

Chris Johnson 01-20-2008 11:39 AM

I always mark them and then use a straight edge, run a utility knife on the top side, this prevents chipping of wood when cutting, then follow what AtlanticWB says.

AtlanticWBConst. 01-20-2008 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chris Johnson (Post 90218)
.... run a utility knife on the top side, this prevents chipping of wood when cutting....

Good point.

I too, also use a straight edge for the cut (or 4' Level, clamped to the door slab).

skymaster 01-20-2008 01:53 PM

Just remember to put the FACE down when using a circ saw.

gregzoll 01-20-2008 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by skymaster (Post 90269)
Just remember to put the FACE down when using a circ saw.

On a door, which is face side? Both sides are face.

skymaster 01-20-2008 11:26 PM

The "face"side is the one that FACES into the room :} the side that opens to the wall is the BACK:yes:

gregzoll 01-20-2008 11:32 PM

But, when you close it, both sides are Face. :whistling2:

I just had to be ornery, due to my wife got the worst of me today while pulling wire for outlets in the Living Room. It was one of those things that I have been putting off for the past 4 years since we bought our house (70+ year old with Greenfield Armor).

skymaster 01-21-2008 11:18 AM

Greg: Didnt you explain that IT IS AGAINST ALL LAWS OF MANKIND ; IT IS CRUEL AND UNUSUSAL PUNISHMENT,WHICH IS AGIANST FEDERAL STATUES;
ALSO FORCED LABOR, SLAVERY To make anyone WORK for 3 weeks at minimum AFTER THE GIANTS ACTUALLY WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need medical treatment,luv and understanding plus 30 days of OPENED beers freely served by totally obiedient woman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :yes:

PLUS yOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SWING WITH THE DOOR :laughing:
That is the way I do it there is no rule about it. If it was a door that you go thru say from a great room, living room whatever then to me the face is the money side, the one that is seen most often by the most people.

that said, lay it out on both sides and CUT THRU THE VENEER WITH A NEW BLADE IN A RAZOR KNIFE on both sides, MAKE sure that you DO NOT cut above that knifecut with the saw and you should be 99% clean, the take sandpaper or a blockplane ( my way ) and raduis those cut edges and you shall be fine.
Jack


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