Resizing old doors

Old 01-11-04, 06:45 PM
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Resizing old doors

I live in a 120 year old house. At some point in the house's history a number of doors were removed. I would like to put one of the doors back. the problem is that I can't seem to find the one odd-sized door to fit the opening that exists and I will not be able to resize the opening. I do have a number of 30" x 80" doors in the basement, but I need a 26.5" by 79" door. These are 5-panel (horizonal panels) doors. Is there a way to trim one of them down using basic tools that a handy homeowner might have? Is there a type of place where I might have this done? Would it ruin the structural integrity of door? Any suggestions would be welcome.

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Old 01-11-04, 07:22 PM
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Any door shop could build one for you but it might get costly.

You MIGHT be able to find a 5 panel door, 28"x80" an cut it down on all sides. If you find one, get a blank (no hinge mortises and not predrilled for a doorknob). Trim it, then make the hinge mortises and drill for your doorknob.

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