Having done this a few times, I strongly recommend a circular saw and straight edge. (after you do a couple with a router, you'll soon figure out what works best for you in your projects).
That works. Nice clean cut too.I took the doors down and ran them through the table saw.
Clamp a metal straight edge to the door where you want it to be cut off (trimmed). Use a sharp razor knife to score the veneer on the door. Use slight pressure for the first to strokes of the knife to help prevent the knife from going off course. Then apply more pressure and score as deep as you need to. Use the router to finish the trimming.I want to use my router with a guide rail to trim the bottom of some internal doors. Practicing on an old door, the router bit is not clean cutting through the solid wood bottom rail. It is peeling off timber. Any thoughts on what is going wrong? Any tips on routing this way would be appreciated. Btw i am going anticlockwise on the door.
I would never use a power plane to trim doors, if you dont have a track saw, then a straight edge with a normal circular saw is far better, as they cut clean and square, many times I have taken down doors that were previously trimmed that way, they all had uneven non square lower edges, a circular saw on a track or up to a clamped fence, is the best way. NI used a hand-held power planer. Worked like a charm.
Hi, glad you decided to jump into the Forum.Shortening the blade at home is not difficult with an electric jigsaw or circular saw.
Same for all interior doors but especially bathroom & laundry doors. Most modern doors around here are crap so easily damaged by a bit of moisture.Detail. On exterior doors, if I trim them, I like to add a couple of coats of outdoor paint to the bottom edge so it's less likely to soak up water when it rains. I had to repair a church door that was in a low spot so water soaked the bottom and made it swell. Hard to close properly, a chore to fix.