Interior door making #6: Done with door 7 of 12

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Number 7 is in the books. Boy, hanging this one was worse than all the others. The old owner of my house did some reconfiguring and the wall at the opening was nowhere close to plumb. I struggled a bit and will have to shave some drywall when I put the moldings, but it’s done, it’s plumb and level and it’s tight all around. It’s nice that the first door you see is a new one (of course the one at the end is the latest one). Now the hallway is uniform.

Tomorrow I start the attic door. A narrow 18" one.

It’s so much easier to install when everything is painted beforehand. When I’m done with all the door installs I’ll roll through with filler and touch up everything. Feeling good and productive today.

I can’t wait to finish so I can start trimming the doors and everything else.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

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Thanks, Mike and Jack. This experience will go a long way when I go to make my front door and entrance, which will be stained, maybe mahogany. No room for error on that. I can’t just putty my way through on that. :-) that’s for next year.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

He’s a he. We haven’t got around to his first haircut yet because we’re afraid he’s going to kill the barber. LOL

-- Losing fingers since 1969

I used the stock insert as a template, cut a scrap of 1/2" plywood to width and then cut the curves on the bandsaw, then sanded the edges until it fit snugly. I glued a couple of paint stirring sticks to the bottom to get the right height. Scraps galore!

Here’s my assistant who helped me with door number 8 yesterday.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Yup! much better.

The vibration the dado stack sends chill through my spine everytime.

I am sure, since you have the template you did/will do one for the regular blades.

I will be following in your foot steps soon. I have a zero clearance for regular blade and dado from SawStop. But they lack in many regards.
I need to make several that are true zero insert where small off cut don’t get stuck between the insert and the blade. A projectile ready to zoom through the shop. Almost what happened today.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I think I’m done with this blog. I already showed making and finishing one. The rest are just repetition. I can’t show you my installation process. I have to keep at least one secret. LOL

Haha anyway the trick, which I’m sure is no secret, is to install the frame with the door on it. Then put the hardware on, then lastly, while the door is latched, put the door stops on with the door closed so it’s as snug as a bug in a rug. If you do it in that order your door will close as snugly and tightly as a car door.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

By the way, this door is racked slightly – about 1/8" from top to bottom. One of the stiles came from the store and the other was in my lumber rack for about a year. The one from my rack weighed half as much as the new green one from the store. That’s how much it dried out. I hope that doesn’t cause any further problems down the road. It’s very well sealed on all 6 sides so we’ll see.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

Trimming will bring the whole plane together finally. I can’t wait to finish that. Then phase 1 of my renovation will be complete. After that I’ll start doing bathrooms and the kitchen will be last. I think each bathroom will take about a month, with most of that time going into making vanities and medicine cabinets. But I have one big project to do first which is to finish off my entrance with a floor to ceiling cabinet/decoration sort of thing with a mirror and a place for keys and stuff. I haven’t finished designing that yet. I really need to learn sketchup.

-- Losing fingers since 1969

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