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Old 06-12-2015, 12:25 PM   #1
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Has anyone trimmed the bottom of a door with one of these, just wandering if it was possible?

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Old 06-12-2015, 01:26 PM   #2
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Poor idea--they are not designed to cut 1 3/8" --I think you will be better off removing the door and using a circular saw.
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use your circ saw,
if you wrap the bottom of the door with painters tape, measure your length and mark on the tape, when you cut right thru the tape it will minimize the splinter tear out, also clamp on a straight edge for a guide,
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use your circ saw,
if you wrap the bottom of the door with painters tape, measure your length and mark on the tape, when you cut right thru the tape it will minimize the splinter tear out, also clamp on a straight edge for a guide,
I agree with Yodaman about using painter's tape to avoid splintering, but go one or two steps further:

First, set your circular saw's cut depth to just 1/8 of an inch or so, and just cut through the top layer of veneer.

Then, apply 2 layers of painter's tape to your straight edge, set your cut depth to just a bit more than the door thickness, make a second pass cutting all the way through the door this time.

The idea here is that by having the saw teeth enter and exit the veneer nearly parallel to the veneer, you minimize chipping of that veneer.

Also, by applying painter's tape to the straight edge on the second path, you effectively move the saw blade over a small fraction of an inch to prevent the blade teeth from chipping the veneer on the top side of the door.
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