cutting down a door

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  1. slyman1

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    I need to take about 2 cm of the bottom of a wooden door!!
    Do u HAVE to plane it or can u just use a jigsaw??????

    ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT
    SIMON
     
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    I'm not a pro but I would cut it by any means, leaving about 2 or 3mm over, and then finish it back with a plane.

    Watch out though, you should really take even amounts off top and bottom to avoid weakening the joints - I think 2cm should be OK to take all off the bottom but you need to check.

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    generally the bottom stile of a door is wider than the top to allow for such an adjustment. i would use a circular saw and a straight edge clamped on. Make sure you leave the cut generous and then plane it to get it smooth and exactly level.
    I trust when you say its a wooden door, you mean a solid one. If its an internal boarded door then you will have to top and bottom it as the battens inside are generally only 50mm thick


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    That's exactly why I bought solid doors, 'cos I didn't know if I could get away with chopping the ends of hollow doors :eek:
     
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    theres your answer then!
     
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    Does the same apply if you need to reduce the width of a wooden front door?
     
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    yes thats assuming you are talking about simmilar sizes
    but in general you check the frame for square [hold the door up against it]cos if you just measure top to bottom and cut and its out of square you finish up with further work and a triangular gap some where

    would also avoid jigsaws on doors unless you know your jigsaw well and you know it dosnt wonder off line with a sharp blade
    by this i mean you follow the line but the blade goes off to the side and at an angle

    try it on a 45mm thick piece off wood first to see
     
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