I have a bedroom wooden door that grabs the carpet just enough
that I want to shave
the bottom of the door by an eighth of an inch to prevent the door from
Can someone tell me the best way to do it?
Well I should ask what tools do you have. I won't. I will just list your
choices. Pick the one you have.
Hand or power plane.
A sharp knife but it will look like crap.
If you are still reading go buy one of the above or some sandpaper and do it
the hard way.
Yes. A standard, hand-held circular saw is the right thing. Get a
pair of C-clamps and set a fence the will guide the saw across the
bottom. Agreed, it's a pain to take the door down and find a table or
saw horses to support it while cutting but that is the biggest part of
the problem. The actual cutting will be 30 seconds.
I'm assuming Iyou don't have a hand plane either. If you haven't used
the circular saw very much you may want to practice before trying this
on the door.
Take the door off, lay it flat on saw horses or propped up off the
floor on a couple pieces of 2X4. Take your circular saw, unplugged at
this point, with the blade set for maximum depth, and with the guard
pulled back, push the blade up against the edge of the door to be
trimmed so that the side of blade is flat against that edge.
Now mark a line on the door against the edge of the saw shoe
that is laying on the door. Set the saw aside. Clamp a straight edge
of some kind, a straight board would be fine, to the door, parallel to
the edge to be trimmed, and 1/8" (or whatever the amount you want to
trim the door by) further away than the mark you made, less any amount
needed for sanding, planing, etc. to finish the saw cut.
Set your circ saw cut depth as necessary, plug it in, and hold it
tight to the straight edge guide board to trim the door edge. If
you have a good quality saw and blade, you may not need to sand or
plane the edge.
You don't need to buy a sander to do one door, just wrap some
sandpaper around a block of wood, and rub the edge if necessary to
smooth it. Depending on how rough the saw cut edge is, probably
80 grit would be adequate.
Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - email@example.com
I've done this by taking down the door and laying it on some saw horses (or
have two friends get down on all fours) . Clamp a straight edge across the
bottom of the door at the proper height (depends on the saw) then buzzing
off the bottom with a jigsaw or circular saw, either works well with a good
I agree with leo. taking an eighth of with a sander is going to take a
LONG time anyway. use a straight edge for a saw guide,and dress the
cut up with a bit of hand sanding. use caution if it's a veneer door,
as the veneer can chip off. in that case, pre score the door where to
are going to cut it with a sharp utility knife (only need to do the
side that you are cutting from--the underside won't chip).
Yep a circular saw is best and a clamped straight
edge is essential. Might want to put masking tape
on all surfaces to be cut and push it on very
tightly. That will reduce or eliminate potential
Since the circular saw doesn't get used much, I'm a bit worried you'll
end up with a fubar door if you go that route. I recommend the hand
plane - less than $10 everywhere for a small one and you'll shave an
1/8" pretty quickly. You'll have much more control, and thereby have
much less chance of an "Oh crap!" moment.
if you are going to suggest he get a plane, you are also going to have
to give advice on how to set it up, plane endgrain without tearing it,
sharpen it, etc. there are plenty of ways to screw up with a plane
too, especially when a whole 1/8 has to come off.
Set up to some of us means lapping the plane sole dead flat
through progressively finer grits up to 400, then honing and
stropping the iron (the blade) until you can shave with it. If
the iron has a breaker cap, that too must be honed so that
it mates perfectly with the iron so that shavings won't jam
For one door, use the circular saw with a fence. To prevent
splintering, you can score the cut line with a utility knife
OR tape it OR run the saw twice, the first time very shallow,
about 1/32", OR clamp a sacrificial 1/2" plywood strip over
top and cut the door and the plywood at the same time.
A hand held circular saw would be the first choice. Make sure to
use a straight edge and sharp knife to score through the face
veneer of the door and cut slightly below the score line to
prevent pulling long splinters in the veneer. A quick rub with a
piece of sandpaper on a wood block to get rid of the sharp edges
and a quick coat of varnish/paint/lacquer to seal the bottom of
the door. Rehang.___________________________
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
Any good carpenter would use a router to cut it off, but my advice is
for you to take door down carry it tio a cabinet shop and have them do
the job. They will use a router. if they are woodworkers of reliabilty
I have been a commercial, AGC rated master carpenter for over 40
years. I have never, and I have never seen a door bottom cut with
a router. I have seen them cut by many other methods. A router
would be absolutely the last tool I would have gotten out to do
the job. Do you still need to score the veneer to prevent
splintering with a router bit? When I have cut borrowed lite and
grille holes with a router and template, I have always scored the
veneer on the cross grain cuts, what have you found?
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
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