I have a new build house with hollow panelled doors, the type with a grain
effect. I need to trim at least three of them now carpets are fitted. What
is the best way to cut them to avoid chipping/splintering of the door faces?
I thought maybe deep scoring with a Stanley knife etc. prior to cutting but
I would have to make sure I got the cut perfectly lined up top and bottom
IYSWIM. What about using a router?
Depends on the carpet. One with underlay will be more -- mine is 11mm
according to spec (in practice a little more to clear a door).
An electric plane is excellent for this. A new sharp blade will
not cause splintering along the sides, but you'll still need a
scrap piece to prevent splintering at the end. Run the plane
an equal number of times in each direction, to avoid the bottom
of the door taking on an angle due to cumulative errors in the
Agreed, an electric plane makes the job easy and neat. I did this to the
type of door mentioned by the OP, when I fitted laminate and needed about
5mm off the bottom of most of my doors.
To the OP: Plane in from each end towards the middle. Planing along and off
the end will splinter the end. Watch out for panel pins in the door -
nicked the blade of my power plane doing that(!).
Take the opportunity to correct any uneven gaps by raising and packing
etc. If you have any poorly fitted doors send us a picture link if you
are not sure what to do. It's a mazing what you can do with 1/2" to
Measure up from the carpet to the top right and left corners of the
frame to see if the floor is still level. If it's out measure the door
to make sure that it hasn't already had the error compensated for.
If your house was unusually well built you can scratch the bottom with
a marking gauge. If more normal building practices have been employed
mark it with a knife.
It's worth buying a new say if you don't have an electrical one. But
use an old saw where the stiles meet the rail. There is invariably a
suitably placed staple there just waiting to ruin a new saw.
I have tried using a handsaw, jigsaw, circular saw, hand plane and electric
plane, and found that an electric plane gives the best result. Saws tend to
drift unless you clamp timber on the door to guide the tool. Whatever you
use, the teeth or blade must be sharp. You can do a test trim first. If you
need to remove 20mm try removing 10mm first to see the result.
Enquire at your local Tool Hire shop. There is available a tool that will
cut the base of your doors without the need to remove the door.
|I have a new build house with hollow panelled doors, the type with a grain
| effect. I need to trim at least three of them now carpets are fitted.
| is the best way to cut them to avoid chipping/splintering of the door
| I thought maybe deep scoring with a Stanley knife etc. prior to cutting
| I would have to make sure I got the cut perfectly lined up top and bottom
| IYSWIM. What about using a router?
True, but the OP wrote "I need to trim at least three of them now carpets
are fitted." So, I assume that the doors were taken off their hinges in
order to fit new carpets and cannot be put back on due to the increased
height of the new carpets.
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