Hanging interior door is too large

Old 09-26-04, 07:50 AM
Visiting Guest
Posts: n/a
Hanging interior door is too large

I am stumped, I have an interior door that I am trying to replace. The door opening is 35 3/4 inches wide. The door I took out is 35 1/2 inches wide.

I can not locate a door that is that width. They jump from 32 inches to 36 inches in width.

Can I plane the door, or is their another alternate solution.
Old 09-26-04, 08:47 AM
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Taylors, SC
Posts: 9,261
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
You will have to plane it to fit. That is the challenge I would have in my house if I were to replace any of the doors. They were built to fit the house many a decade ago, and no two are the same size, much less a standard size.

Rather than using a plane, a circular saw with a carbide blade and a good straight edge will give a better result. A table saw would be oh so nice, too. You might be able to take it back where you bought it and have it cut there.

Hope this helps.
Old 09-28-04, 02:28 PM
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: San Diego Ca. USA
Posts: 984
Upvotes: 0
Received 13 Upvotes on 11 Posts
Hello, Measure the door on the front and back if the door was planned at an angle it will be bigger in the back than the front if you cut the door on the short side you will have too much reveal on the back side. That bieng said I would plane the door. Hang the door on the hinges mark the door where it hits the jamb then remove the door and plane. Don't get in a rush. Also if the door already is drilled for the lockset you must plane the hinge side.
Good Luck Woodbutcher
Old 09-28-04, 03:21 PM
COBALT's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 168
Upvotes: 0
Received 0 Upvotes on 0 Posts
With old houses like the one I had I anticipated this problem, so I planned on having some custom doors made by Simpson. Yes, it's a LOT more expensive, but having panel doors was a must for this restoration anyway, so they might as well make them to the size I want.

Another thing is you could replace the jamb. I know most people would be shocked at this, but a lot of my jambs are all scarred up, and have 1000 coats of paint on them anyway, so getting pre-hung doors, and doing a little shim and trim work, and I'm ready to sand, paint or finish.

It really depends on how much time and money you want to spend. If you absolutely have to hang the door you have the suggestions here are great. I'd think about planing the hinge side, but if no hole is drilled for the lock set you might think about planing BOTH sides if it's a panel door. That way the panel is centered when you close it.

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: