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How to trim the bottom of a door.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Circular saw with a carbide blade for cutting wood/ general purpose carbide blade (Sears generally is known for carrying a large selection of carbide blades)

  • Handsaw

  • Carpenter's knife

  • Straightedge

  • 2 carpenter's clamps (preferably C-Clamps)

  • Scraps of wood (2 small pieces)

  • 2 sawhorses

  • Fine hand file (for wood)

Guide:

 

In properly installing a door, you may need to trim its bottom, which is not an uncommon practice to do.

Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a circular saw, hackshaw and carpenter's knife, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Trimming the bottom of a door can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Set the door to be trimmed on top of a set of two sawhorses, one end of the door resting on a sawhorse and the other end of the door resting on the other sawhorse.

  2. Have a straightedge placed on the bottom of the door where desired to be cut and run a carpenter's knife alongside this straightedge to make a pre-cut "line" that you will later go over with either a circular saw or handsaw in making the actual cut-trim.

  3. Having made a pre-cut "line," replace the straightedge with a long, thin board with a good edge--such as a 2"X4"X6' board--that is usable to steer your saw cutting on the correct path.

In replacing the straightedge with this board laid across the width of the door while on the sawhorses, stabilize each end of the board on the door with clamps--one clamp for each end.  In screwing on these clamps, for the purpose of protecting the finish covering of the door from the compression impact of the clamps, place scrap pieces of wood between each clamp part ([1] screw swivel and [2] protection pad) that would otherwise make contact with the door finishing:  Depending on how you position and screw on each clamp, make sure that when the clamp is screwed tight, the screw swivel of the clamp has a scrap piece of wood in between it and the door, itself, and the metal protection pad of the clamp has a piece of the 2"X4"X6' in between it and the other side of the door.  (The clamping position can be reversed, too; it really doesn't matter so long as the clamp does not touch the door itself when it is screwed on:  When the clamp is screwed tight, the screw swivel may have a piece of the 2"X4"X6' in between it and the door, itself, and the metal protection pad may have a scrap piece of wood in between it and the other side of the door.)

  1. Now you're ready to saw: If you are sawing with a circular saw, be sure to move this saw along the 2"X4"X6' board guide with the side of the door intended on being exposed to the public more so than the other one facing down so as to protect its finish.  If you are sawing with a handsaw instead, be sure to move this saw along the 2"X4"X6' board guide with the side of the door intended on being exposed to the public more so than the other one facing up so as to protect its finish.  (The movement of these saws dictates the way the door should be placed on the sawhorses.)

  2. After cutting, if you find that the saw-cut trim of the door leaves an edge that is too rough or otherwise sharp, gently file it down with a fine hand file.

That's how to trim the bottom of your door.

Ed the Handyman

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