Trimming & Staining A New Wood Entry Door

Old 12-13-04, 03:42 PM
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Trimming & Staining A New Wood Entry Door

I just purchased a solid mahogany entry door to replace the existing one and have a few issues and questions.

ISSUE: The new door is 36 x 80 - the old door is 35 3/4 x 79 1/2
QUESTION: How do I trim/fit the new door with such "small" differences is dimensions? I presume a skill saw would not work with "small" differences.

ISSUE: I will also need to stain and finish the door. All the "staining" instructions I have read advise not to stain in a basement where dust and temperature will affect the straining process.
QUESTION 1: What would be an ideal area to do this project? My kitchen - provided I do not cook during the staining process?
QUESTION 2: I also presume - but need validation - that I completely stain (next step would be finishing) one side and exposed edges first. Should I put the finish on the completely stained side before I stain the reverse side?
QUESTION 3: Do I drill the holes for the locks before or after I stain the door?

Any suggestions, comments and/or advice will be greatly appreciated!!

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Old 12-14-04, 06:05 AM
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given this is a blank door ( no hinge prep or anything ) I would cut down in equal portions. 1/8 both sides and 1/4 top and bottom. After it's cut, sand any rough edges, prep for locks, hinges ect. Then stain. You don't want to be in direct sunlight when staining, so the kitchen is fine. When drilling for Door knobs,deadbolts ect, You want to drill 1/2 way through each side, this will keep the skin from splintering. Clamp a straight edge to the door when cutting to insure a straight cut.

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