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  1. #1
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    Default Door frame out of square

    I am making some timber screen doors for the double front door. The frame is out of square by 10mm top and bottom (width) ie 5mm per door.

    Do I make the doors to fit or make then square and plane down to fit?
    David L
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  2. #2
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    May 2009


    Probably doesn't matter which way you do it.

    It depends what sort of corners the new door has i.e. mitre or butt joints. Also depends how wide the frame is on the screen door. If you shave 5mm off, will you notice it?

    It might be easier to make a square door and then shave.
    Remember the 7 p's.
    Proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance.

  3. #3
    Old Chippy 6K
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    Mar 2007


    Why don't you trim one side (or both sides, but if 10mm to 5mm one would be easier) of the frame square by adding a suitable tapered timber strip then make square doors to fit the newly squared opening . . . that's what I'd do . . .
    Advice from me on this forum is general and for guidance based on information given by the member posing the question. Not to be used in place of professional advice from people appropriately qualified in the relevant field. All structural work must be approved and constructed to the BCA or other relevant standards by suitably licensed persons. The person doing the work and reading my advice accepts responsibility for ensuring the work done accords with the applicable law.

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