Recommendation: carbide tip saw blades for trimming doors
Record all data from top of door prior to trimming
Break all sharp corners after cutting (320 grit sand paper or equivalent)
To locate hinge side of door, look on the bottom of the door and
locate the 1-1/4” fill hole. The hinges MUST be located on the
same side as the fill hole.
Trimming Door Top
The top of the door has a maximum trim amount of 5/8”. Exceeding
this limit is not recommended. Trimming the top of the door will cut off
information pertaining to the door. Record all data from top of
door prior to cutting.
Trimming Door Bottom
The bottom of the door has a maximum trim amount of 1-7/8”.
Exceeding this limit is not recommended. If bottom of door is trimmed, there
are 3 options for attaching the bottom sweep.
Re-router bottom of door to match the same dimensions that
were factory machined.
Staple bottom sweep to door.
Glue bottom sweep to door.
Trimming Door Sides (stiles)
For a better cosmetic appearance, the skin ribs on the door assembly
should be avoided when trimming the sides of your door. Follow the dimensions
When trimming ¼” or less off of overall size;
trim equivalent amount off of BOTH stiles.
When trimming ¼” to ½” off of overall size;
trim from only ONE stile.
When trimming ½” to 2-1/8” off of overall
size; trim equivalent amount off of BOTH stiles. Trimming
equivalent amounts will keep any panels centered.
Finishing Door Sides (stiles)
Lightly sand and apply primmer to all stile edges prior to finishing the coat of
paint on the stile edge. The door skins do not need any primer or sanding. Follow finish
coat paint manufacturer’s recommendations for all other procedures.
Door Hardware Installation
Pre-drill pilot holes into the stile edges for all screw holes prior to hinge and
handle installation. Follow hardware manufacturer’s recommendations for all other procedures.