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Mark Shultz

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06-22-2022 09:59 PM

I need to cut the panels down for a new exterior door. These panels will sit on top of the spline shown in the first picture, and the edges will be covered with trim (a al a Norm Abrams video on exterior doors).

The 2nd pic shows 2 panels which will be on the outside of the door. I need to cut 4 inches off the bottom or top of each (approx where the rulers are). which would you choose?

same question for the other set of 2 panels, which is a more difficult question for myself. if i cut the bottom, it takes away from the large area of great figure and leaves a small area at the top corners. if i cut the top, it cuts all the figure off the top, which leaves the top a bit bear in comparison to the bottom.


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#1 posted 06-22-2022 10:47 PM

how bout 2’ off each end?

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#2 posted 06-22-2022 11:06 PM

Looks like a significant bookmatching of the panels. Pic 2 shows the old guy with exaggerated eyebrows, sunken eyes, and on the left a nose. I’d retain as much of that as you could, so on them I’d cut off some forehead. I am losing track of tops and bottoms when going to the other side, but depending on the parts you like the most, keep them. From where I am looking it would be an easy choice. I would NOT cut off each end.

Cut yourself a 4” piece the width of the panel, and use that as a sliding gauge to cover 4” at a time, and see what you want to keep.

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#3 posted 06-22-2022 11:48 PM


I would NOT cut off each end.

- therealSteveN


With capitol letters no less, well pardon me for offering an opinion. Won’t make that mistake again. Thanks for the insult.

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#4 posted 06-23-2022 12:28 AM

My suggestion is the first pic 2 inches from both ends like common joe says.
The second pic cut away from the end with the 12 inch ruler. The bottom looks to nice to sacrifice anything.
I also vote to pardon Joe. He has shown great humility. :)
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 06-23-2022 12:49 AM

I would NOT cut off each end.

- therealSteveN

With capitol letters no less, well pardon me for offering an opinion. Won t make that mistake again. Thanks for the insult.

- CommonJoe

You’ll get that from time-to-time around here. Actually, I agree with your suggestion for the boards in image three. Hard to say for sure just based on a photo, but that’s the way I’d go if I were doing it—2 inches off the top and two off the bottom.

For the second image, I’d go 4” off the top. Actually, it’s a shame to have to take any off either board, but that’s what looks good to me.

And REMEMBER†, this is a matter of opinion. If yours is different from mine, it doesn’t mean either one is wrong. It all comes down to how it looks to YOU‡.

† Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
‡ Nope, couldn’t resist that one either :)

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 06-23-2022 12:54 AM


I need to cut the panels down for a new exterior door.

- Mark Shultz

Hard to tell, but I think I see the edge of a plywood board at the top of image two. That, and the grain looks like it’s two halves of a slip match that’s made up of book matched. That’s often how the veneer grain on a sheet of hardwood veneer plywood is laid out.

Since it’s an exterior door, if that’s plywood, is it exterior grade?

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 06-23-2022 12:58 AM

4 off top

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#8 posted 06-23-2022 03:17 AM

I used microsoft paint to hide a couple of inches at the tops and bottoms. I can’t see where it hurt the image any, but keen eye Steve may.

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#9 posted 06-23-2022 02:30 PM

Take the 4” out of the middle.

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#10 posted 06-23-2022 03:02 PM

I would trim the bottom in the upper pic, and in the lower one, take 1 1/2” off the bottom of the panel and the rest off the top.

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#11 posted 06-23-2022 03:38 PM

good thoughts here. thanks folks.

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#12 posted 06-23-2022 08:49 PM

Leave the top alone. The bottom won’t look significantly different where the top will and the top looks nice as is.

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