Cutting a solid core interior 6 panel door

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Childfree Scott, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. I need a 30x78 interior door. HD has the 30x80 6 panel pine solid
    core doors on sale right now too cheap to pass up ($60). Will it be
    OK to cut 2" off of the bottom even thoughit says on the door not to
    cut off more than 1". According to the clerks in the door dept in
    both HD and Lowes, that's what everyone does.
    Childfree Scott, Oct 21, 2004
    #1
  2. Childfree Scott

    cm Guest

    Cut 1" off the bottom and an 1" off the top.

    AZCRAG


    "Childfree Scott" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I need a 30x78 interior door. HD has the 30x80 6 panel pine solid
    > core doors on sale right now too cheap to pass up ($60). Will it be
    > OK to cut 2" off of the bottom even thoughit says on the door not to
    > cut off more than 1". According to the clerks in the door dept in
    > both HD and Lowes, that's what everyone does.
    cm, Oct 21, 2004
    #2
  3. Childfree Scott

    Doug Miller Guest

    In article <>, (Childfree Scott) wrote:
    >I need a 30x78 interior door. HD has the 30x80 6 panel pine solid
    >core doors on sale right now too cheap to pass up ($60). Will it be
    >OK to cut 2" off of the bottom even thoughit says on the door not to
    >cut off more than 1". According to the clerks in the door dept in
    >both HD and Lowes, that's what everyone does.


    It won't hurt anything, but it *will* look odd. Take one inch off each end,
    and it will look a lot better.
    Doug Miller, Oct 21, 2004
    #3
  4. Childfree Scott

    willshak Guest

    Minnie Bannister wrote:

    > But then the hinges have to be repositioned.


    Take an equal amount from top and bottom of both jambs.

    >
    > MB
    >
    > Whether you vote Democrat or Republican in November, the country will
    > still be run from boardrooms in the USA and elsewhere, not by your
    > elected representatives.
    >
    >
    > On 10/21/04 10:22 am cm put fingers to keyboard and launched the
    > following message into cyberspace:
    >
    >> Cut 1" off the bottom and an 1" off the top.
    >>
    >> AZCRAG

    >
    >
    >>> I need a 30x78 interior door. HD has the 30x80 6 panel pine solid
    >>> core doors on sale right now too cheap to pass up ($60). Will it be
    >>> OK to cut 2" off of the bottom even thoughit says on the door not to
    >>> cut off more than 1". According to the clerks in the door dept in
    >>> both HD and Lowes, that's what everyone does.

    >>
    willshak, Oct 21, 2004
    #4
  5. Childfree Scott

    Doug Miller Guest

    In article <>, Minnie Bannister <> wrote:
    >But then the hinges have to be repositioned.
    >

    Go back and re-read the original post. He's buying a brand-new door. Thus, he
    can put his hinge mortises wherever he pleases.

    >
    >On 10/21/04 10:22 am cm put fingers to keyboard and launched the
    >following message into cyberspace:
    >
    >> Cut 1" off the bottom and an 1" off the top.

    >
    >>>I need a 30x78 interior door. HD has the 30x80 6 panel pine solid
    >>>core doors on sale right now too cheap to pass up ($60). Will it be
    >>>OK to cut 2" off of the bottom even thoughit says on the door not to
    >>>cut off more than 1". According to the clerks in the door dept in
    >>>both HD and Lowes, that's what everyone does.
    Doug Miller, Oct 21, 2004
    #5
  6. > Cut 1" off the bottom and an 1" off the top.

    The instructions that come with the door say to not cut off any from the top.
    Plus it would look funny if you did that.
    Childfree Scott, Oct 21, 2004
    #6
  7. Childfree Scott

    Terry Guest


    > Whether you vote Democrat or Republican in November, the country will
    > still be run from boardrooms in the USA and elsewhere, not by your
    > elected representatives.
    >

    Off topic I know, but; since the above has been posted here; twice!
    What's that expression about 'People get the government they deserve'?
    We feel somewhat sympathetic about your election problems! Although the
    'independent media', who are themselves 'Business interests', may be
    dwelling on it overmuch? Guess complete universality and accuracy could be
    important if it IS close call.
    Certainly sounds 'One nation under God' (Is it still permissible to say
    that?) needs one standard nationwide election law?
    With major penalties for non compliance?
    Maybe some United Nations election observers would be useful to keep those
    voters lists, voting machines and floating chads in order?
    Regardless of outcome. We wish you, our neighbours, all the best in
    November.
    Terry, Oct 21, 2004
    #7
  8. Childfree Scott

    DanG Guest

    At issue here is what is inside the door and how thick the stiles
    and rails are and how they are held together.

    I would expect a panel door to be made of solid wood. I would
    expect a solid core door to be made of particle board with a
    finish veneer on both faces with rails and stiles made of either
    pine or hardwood depending on door quality. Top rails are often
    thinner than bottom rails since they do not expect you to cut the
    tops.

    If it is a sold core door, you will cut the bottom rail off and
    expose the particle board core and marginally weaken the door.
    This is not the end of the world, if the exposed particle board is
    sealed to prevent moisture, it can last many years.

    If it is a solid wood door, they must be concerned that you will
    cut out some of the dowels, mortise and tenons, or other rail and
    stile connection which might require some other method of
    reinforcement.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Keep the whole world singing . . . .
    DanG (remove the sevens)




    "Childfree Scott" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I need a 30x78 interior door. HD has the 30x80 6 panel pine
    >solid
    > core doors on sale right now too cheap to pass up ($60). Will
    > it be
    > OK to cut 2" off of the bottom even thoughit says on the door
    > not to
    > cut off more than 1". According to the clerks in the door dept
    > in
    > both HD and Lowes, that's what everyone does.
    DanG, Oct 22, 2004
    #8
  9. Minnie Bannister <> wrote in message news:<>...
    > How much more for a special-order 78" high one?


    $108, or close to it if I rememeber correctly. vs $60 for the one on
    sale. Plus I have to wait a month to get the special ordered one.
    Childfree Scott, Oct 22, 2004
    #9
  10. Childfree Scott

    Doug Kanter Guest

    "Terry" <> wrote in message
    news:_0Xdd.55561$...
    >
    >
    > > Whether you vote Democrat or Republican in November, the country will
    > > still be run from boardrooms in the USA and elsewhere, not by your
    > > elected representatives.
    > >

    > Off topic I know, but; since the above has been posted here; twice!
    > What's that expression about 'People get the government they deserve'?
    > We feel somewhat sympathetic about your election problems! Although the
    > 'independent media', who are themselves 'Business interests', may be
    > dwelling on it overmuch? Guess complete universality and accuracy could be
    > important if it IS close call.
    > Certainly sounds 'One nation under God' (Is it still permissible to say
    > that?) needs one standard nationwide election law?
    > With major penalties for non compliance?


    I like the "major penalties" bit a LOT. Sadly, I doubt it would happen. If a
    corporation dumps hideous chemicals into the water or soil here, the
    officers of that corporations don't miss a day of golf, although they should
    be behind bars within days, with bail set at levels that are horrifying.
    Never happens.
    Doug Kanter, Oct 22, 2004
    #10

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