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How to Trim a Door


When trimming a hollow core door, take off less than an inch off each side to avoid cutting into the void beyond the frame. Score the cut line with a utility knife to prevent splintering, then trim the door using a circular saw and guide board. Watch the video to see how it’s done. ...More




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How to Trim a Door

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When trimming a hollow core door, take less than an inch off each side to avoid cutting into the void beyond the frame. The veneer face on hollow core doors also tends to splinter easily. To prevent splintering, score the cut line with a razor knife before sawing off the door.

Once you’ve scored the door, clamp a straight edge to it at the proper distance from the door edge.

Now use a circular saw to make the cut, with the edge of the saw resting against the guide board.

Once you’ve made the cut, sand the bottom of the door, and finish it with either paint or polyurethane.



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  1. Bud Cole Says:
    January 17th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Hello Danny
    I’m cutting the bottom of a vineered door and was wondering if I’m to cut the front of the door or the back , which is inside the closet? Also do I use a plywood blade if how many teeth and do I put the blade in the saw backwards? thank you very much!!

  2. Official Comment:

    joe t. Says:
    January 17th, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Bud, When using a portable circular saw, it’s always best to place the door face down (front side down). That way if there’s any splintering, it’ll happen on the back side or interior of the door. I’d recommend using a carbide-tooth blade with the most teeth you can find; that’ll produce the smoothest cut. And NO, do not ever put the blade in backwards. Good luck!–JT

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