Trimming a slab door?

musky50November 2, 2013

I need to take 3/16'' off 11 doors width. What is the best way to accomplish this? I have been using a hand plane which is getting it done but is time consuming.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Best use for a hand power planer.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 3:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

If you own or have access to,
Power hand plnaer
Table saw, requires sufficent rip capacity of course.
Straight router bit w/top mounted bearing. Bearing rides a straight edge template at least wide as router base.
A good power hand saw and edge guide

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 8:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I used a circular saw to do mine. I used the straight edge linked below, plus the optional screw-on 'wide jaws' accessory.

If you decide to to it this way:

Get a new, thin kerf ultra smooth cutting blade with lots of teeth.

It is best to scribe the door surface, at the edge of the cut toward the door, with a utility knife. Cutting the surface fibers should greatly reduce any chipping issues.

Tape the surface with blue tape before cutting, to reduce chipping and to protect the door from the base of the saw sliding along it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Emerson All-In-One clamp

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 5:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have all the tools listed. Good ones. The tool of choice for trimming doors is a circular saw with a straight edge guide. I have the festool system that costs over a thousand dollars. It's really nice. But I still use the old worm drive skill saw with a Freud Diablo wood cutting blade, and a site-built straight edge guide, and get exactly the same results.

The reason this beats out all other methods is there is the least chance of error with the most accurate results.

When you make the cut, use a piece of painters tape on the top side of the door centered over the cut line. Stick it on the surface right before you clamp on the straight edge guide. With the edge guide in place, skor the line with your knife, just a hair to the inside of the cutting edge. (A hair to the side that will be kept) The saw blade cuts the bottom side clean without any tear out, so there is no need to put tape or skor the bottom surface of the door. After you make the cut peel away the tape. Be careful to peel downward, not upward, so the veneer or finish doesn't peel. The skored line will prevent any blade tear-out from continuing onto the work piece. Sand the skored corner off to achieve a perfect edge with a crisp cut line and slightly rounded corner.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 1:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Jointer with the grain at the end pre scoured at the cut line to avoid blowout.
Light sanding to open the grain and finish to match.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2013 at 4:47PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Stripping paint off of beams
Hi folks. We're working on a wonderful 100-year-old...
Brand new dewalt planer, not feeding?
Hopefully it's just me doing something wrong. It's...
How to tell treated vs. untreated wood?
Can anyone tell me if there's a way to distinguish...
Wood surface with bad smell
I purchased used entertainment shelf from Kijiji and...
Can this door be repaired?
We're renovating a 1920 house and this bedroom door...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™