cutting interior doorReplacing an interior door is tough enough for a beginner…especially if the door doesn’t fit. You find this frequently when buying a door from a large home center. They will be about ¼ inch too wide. So to add to the misery of mortising the hinges, you get to rip the door to fit.

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A table saw is great for this, but you risk scuffing the door as you push it along on the table saw. In the field, a circular saw is ideal. The only trick is making a straight cut on the hinge side of the door. A guide is a big help, but if you don’t have one, you can use a steady hand.

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One concern with a circular saw is tear out. As the blade pulls up through the surface of the door, the top edge along the cut may splinter out. It’s probably not a huge deal with the back edge of a door, but it is something to be mindful of. You can place a piece of blue painter’s tape along the cut line to minimize tear out.

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If all this sounds too daunting, you can buy a door from a door shop. You won’t have to cut these down as they come in the correct size. You will however, need to mortise the hinges.

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