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Bil Bo14/08/2013 20:37:34
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I'm asked to fit an internal glazed oak door into an existing frame. It emerges that some of the door is oak, and much of it is Baltic softwood.

The frame opening is 82cm wide. The door is 84cm wide. Each stile is banded with a full-height 9mm thick oak strip. Inside that is a 25mm softwood strip.

It seems I need to saw off the oak strips, then saw off a >1cm strip of softwood on each side, then replace the oak strips in a way that is satisfactory both aesthetically and functionally .

Here are a couple of pics:





Bright ideas would be most welcome.....!





Edited By Bil Bo on 14/08/2013 20:44:43

Big Al14/08/2013 21:14:43
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It looks to me that you have been asked to fit an imperial size door into a metric sized frame. Before attempting to cut the door down I suggest that you measure the height of the door and measure the height of the frame.

If what I believe is true then the door frame will be approximately 60mm higher than the door. If this is the case then I would be inclined to make a new door to fit the frame, or pay a visit to either a builders merchant or howden's as they may be able to supply a door of the correct size.

You could cut down the door to say 810mm and add 5mm oak lippings, and if there is a 60mm difference in height then you could pack out the frame, but this will take quite some time and it will never look right.


Doug15/08/2013 17:24:21
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I presume the door frame is the one behind the door in the first photo?

If this is the case I would consider changing the frame, it looks modern & chances are it would be easier to change that than alter what looks to be a pre-finished door.



Bil Bo15/08/2013 19:35:42
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'Big Al', you're quite right, in that 'this will take some time and it will never look right'.... so I'm persuaded to go down the path suggested here by 'Doug Barratt' and change the frame.

It does not seem to me to be very modern, but what do I know? This is what it looks like on the other side.....




....and it certainly would struggle to look appropriate with a modern clean-lined oak( -finished ) door set inside.

So, a new door frame and architrave, in european oak, to suit....

Thanks to all for helpful perspectives.



( Finally got there with image-posting . Phew! )

Edited By Bil Bo on 15/08/2013 19:56:15

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