You don't say where the door is binding, and that has a bearing on what the
solution is. You may want to inspect the hinges, both jamb and door to
ensure that something didn't come loose. Then assuming that is in order,
If it is the bottom of the door that is dragging, look at the top margin of
the door/jamb. If it is consistent acroos the top, then you will probably
have to trim the bottom. If it is not consistent, then loosen up one leaf
of the bottom hinge and place two pieces of paper board ( cereal box kinda
stuff)behind the hinge. This will have the effect of moving the bottom of
the door over toward the latch jamb and the top of the door up.
If it is the top of the door that is binding, a belt sander will take off a
little at a time and prevent the big OMG of a planer when it is going
across end grain.
If it is the latch side of the door, the belt sander will work just as
well. Before I would foul up the finish though, I would try to reset the
nails and maybe put in a few more in the right location to try to suck the
jamb back in place. It is easier to putty a few hols than to re-finish the
Good luck an let us know how it turns out
Well, from one craftsman to another, I agree with most of what he said
however with one caveat! Never Never Never mess with the latch side of
the door. There are 2 back sets that locks come with ( 2 3/8's and 2
3/4's). The first of which is a residential backset and the second is the
standard commercial backset. DON'T CHANGE THE BACKSET!!!!!! You can
change the hinge set all day long without changing the setup on the door,
but if you alter the backset of the lockset, then your destined for trouble.
Trust me on this, I see it everyday. Not only am I a "newbie" to
woodworking, but I'm also a Certified Master Locksmith. Thats right, I
deal with doors everyday all day. Please don't do this, it will only
cause problems that you don't want. BTW, I'm relatively new to this group
and humbly introuduce myself therefore.
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