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I have a single panel door of solid fir that has a hole in the flat panel. Is there a way that I can get the door joints apart on the top and bottom so I can replace the panel? Another alternative would be to cut one side of the door frame off, then remove and replace the panel. The door frame joints seem pretty tight still so getting them apart presents a problem. Thanks in advance for any advice!
Bruce Ebling
 

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I'd like to see a picture of it.
 

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Use a router, with a straight bit, & rout down to the panel, remove the old panel, & replace using a quarter round molding to hold the new panel in.
 

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I agree with Dick & Barb, but before using a router, I'd recommend using some paint stripper on the molding. If the molding is a separate piece, there will be brads securing it to the door frame. That would be a really bad thing on router bits! And if you were able to remove the molding, you won't have to make more!

You might want to try both sides of the door. I have run into similar doors where one side was actually molded into the stiles and rails and the other side was "add-on" molding to allow for panel (usually glass) replacement.

Cheers!
 
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