I have a six panel doorskin door in the basement. It doesn't fit or close.
I suspect the door frame has warped. I need to remove up to 1/8" from the
bottom 18'' of the door. This door has a compressed paper edge top to bottom
which is painted.
What is the best way to trim this door? Will a plane work? Table saw?
Circular saw? Other?
If it doesn't fit at the bottom, you need to remove more than 1/8" as doors
normally have 3/4 to 1" gap at the bottom unless it separates an
unheated/cooled area, then it needs weather-stripping on the bottom. By the
way, how does a door frame warp as they are normally nailed solidly in place
and made of well dried wood. A warped door frame wouldn't require material
removed from the bottom but more likely from the sides.
If you have a very sharp plane, you could remove 1/8 of any edge. To remove
3/4" to 1" from the bottom I would use a hand held circular saw with a
quality blade and a guide clamped on the door to ensure the cut is straight
and where you want it. Never try to trim the end off a door on a table saw
unless you are using a trim sled, this can be very dangerous.
The door does not fit at the side. The bottom gap is about 1". I need to
remove from zero to 1/8" from a side, from the bottom up about 18". I shall
try the plane idea with a very thin cut.
The builder did not put quality into this basement. I have tried correcting
the (twisting) warp at the bottom of the frame but I run the risk of
splitting. I have attempted to stabilize the warped frame with extra
fasteners so that further warpage is unlikely.
Many thanks for your advice.
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