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post #1 of 9 Old 07-12-2020, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ripping both edges on a finished solid core door?

Curious as to the best way to accomplish ripping a finished door since one fellow is insisting a table saw would be best, while I was thinking a track saw would be the preferred method?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-12-2020, 05:28 PM
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Pro and cons of the table saw .....

First off, a table saw relies on having a straight edge against the fence. You door's edges "should" be straight and "should" be parallel. If not, your finished edge won't be any better than what you started with.


Second, a solid core door is large and heavy and unless you have a surround that extends at least 4 to 5 feet to the rear of the table, you will struggle with the weight and the length.


If it were me, and I have the widest and longest surround of any shop I know, I would still use a "track" saw. However, I don't own one! I would need to use a straight edge guide and two clamps per side. I don't know why you want to rip both sides off the door, but I assume you want to remove equal amounts of material from either aside. That may not be necessary, I donno? It's an additional source of operator error if you do need to do it.



My rule of basic woodworking is ... If the work is extra long, or extra heavy, take the saw to the work. If the work is smaller and lighter, take the work to the saw.

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ripping a finished door

is this an interior hollow/solid core door or solid door that weighs a hundred pounds ??

your way of thinking is along mine. if you have a track saw, by all means use it.
being by myself, I would cut the edges off with a circular saw along a straight edge
and come back with a hand held router with the straight edge to smooth it out.
time consuming, yes. but for one man alone, it is the safest and will provide
the most satisfactory results. (for me, anyway).

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In addition to the things Woodenthings said, pushing the door across a table saw will almost certainly mar the finish on the door. A track saw actually holds the saw up off the surface so it won’t scratch.
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Yes, those were some of my thoughts that I needed to confirm since you people are the experts!

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Track saw is definitely the way to go.


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track saw is definitely the way to go.


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Keep in mind that, whichever method you choose, the proper way to hang a door is to bevel the latch side 2-3 degrees.
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Yep, almost unanimous. When parts get large, it'll almost always be easier, safer and more accurate to move the tool and not the work.
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Another $000,000,000.02 worth of advice,
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