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New jambs for old doors

by bdresch
posted 08-01-2016 02:53 AM

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#1 posted 08-01-2016 01:31 PM

I haven’t seen many maple doors. Why not just paint the jambs and use maple trim? Maple on maple is like white on rice. Painting the jambs would not only save you a ton of money and headaches but would also add contrast.

When I hang a door, instead of bothering with a level checking the framing for plumb, I use my laser eye and usually nail a piece of 1/4 to 1/2” plywood to the top of the rough hinge jamb. Pop a nail in the top, then another in the middle and down toward the bottom hinge. The middle and bottom is nailed with out a shim and into the framing. I then take my level and pry out the jamb close to plumb. I then stick shims near the nails and tap the shims in till plumb and nail it off. It is much easier to tap shims in than to pull tem out.

Now that the jamb is up and plumb, I hang the door. I close it and then adjust the head and strike side accordingly and shim and nail it off.

If your floor is out of level, after you’ve hung your door to the hinge side, you can easily knock out the strike jamb and cut it if too long or adjust the head if the leg is too short. There really is no need to rabbet or dado the head into the jamb, it will be shimmed tightly in the frame, nailed to the rough framing and cased. Plenty of strength.

Old doors are often warped or twisted and have been trimmed and planed over the years. Keep this in mind when making jambs. I like to make my jambs slightly wider than the thickness of the wall.

Not for nothing, but woodworking and door hanging are two different ball games. Be carful but show no fear.

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