need to reduce wood opening in to level floor

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Old 11-04-19, 07:08 PM
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need to reduce wood opening in to level floor

I levelled the floors in two halves months apart.
As it turns out I got to a final section right above the foundation where there is this kind of opening for vents. It looks like a wood window frame. I think it used to be the crawl space vents but then it was blocked up with plywood and used as a vent for the bathroom and dryer.
This thick wood window is actually about 1" higher than the level I need to level the entire subfloor at so I need to reduce it somehow.
What would be best - a planer, sander? something else?

I doubt I can cut the whole thing out since it looks like it provides some structurak support to the wood square wall above.
 
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Old 11-05-19, 05:21 AM
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I would not try to "thin it". It will be difficult to take an inch off especially close to the wall. Plus, it's probably acting like a header to bridge across the old opening in the foundation so you don't want to cut away half it's strength/thickness. I would remove it and the verticals at either end. Shorten the verticals and re-install it all and shim between the horizontal and the bottom of the wall.
 
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Old 11-06-19, 04:41 AM
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Cut the nails with a reciprocating saw and then lever it out?
i kind of figured the only supporting bit would be under the wood square so I could only thin the part sticking out
 
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Best way to shorten the verticals? Reciprocating saw? Then put blocking in to support the gap again under the wood square?
 
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