How to Cut a Solid Core Door

Written by damon koch
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A solid core door is just as the name implies, solid instead of hollow like many modern doors. A solid core door is more expensive than a hollow core door and it also has a higher fire rating. The higher rating means it will take more time to burn in the event of a fire in the home, time which can be the difference between life and death. You may need to cut a solid core door so it will glide more easily over carpeting or other flooring.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Two sawhorses
  • Circular saw
  • Pencil
  • Carpenter's square
  • Tape measure
  • 100-grit sandpaper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Mark the bottom of the door using a pencil and tape measure before you remove it from the hinges. Use the tape measure to put a pencil mark on each edge of the door the same distance from the bottom of the door. You will need to estimate how much l needs to be come off, so err on the side of cutting too little than too much.

  2. 2

    Remove the hinge pins that connect the door to the hinges. Insert the end of a flathead screwdriver between the head of the pin and the top of the hinge and tap the end of the screwdriver with a hammer. Pry out the pin with the screwdriver and if necessary tap the screwdriver with the hammer while holding the screwdriver at a smaller angle to the hinge. Drive the screwdriver upward and pound out the pin. Remove the door once you take out all the pins.

  3. 3

    Set two sawhorses parallel to each other and six feet apart.

  4. 4

    Set the door on the saw horses with the bottom part overhanging the saw horse on the end to be cut.

  5. 5

    Draw a straight line between the two pencil marks you made on the door while it was hanging in place. Use a carpenter's square to make the line straight.

  6. 6

    Cut off the bottom of the door at the line, using a circular saw. Move the saw blade along the inside edge of the pencil line to accommodate the thickness of the blade.

  7. 7

    Sand the cut area with 100-grit sandpaper to make it smooth.

  8. 8

    Rehang the door on the hinges and test the door. If you need to remove more, take down the door and cut off another thin strip. Rehang the door after sanding the bottom smooth. You can paint or stain the door or leave it natural.

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