Introduction

It is usual for the door to require some height and width adjustment for a perfect fit. This is achieved by temporarily holding the door in place and measuring for fit. Get someone to help you lift the door, or else use a board lifter. Once you are satisfied with the fit of the door, the next task is to attach the hinges.

Step 1

Adjust Door to Fit

Drive two temporary nails into the jamb head and two in the sides, to the exact door depth. Position the door against the nails in the jamb.

Step 2

Create Gap between Edge of Door and Jamb

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Create a Gap

There needs to be a gap of 1/8" between the hinging edge of the door and the jamb. (This is the thickness of most butt hinges.)

Step 3

Measure Gap between Door Edge and Jamb

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Gauge the Gap

Move to the closing edge. Measure a gap of 1/8" between the door and the jamb. With a level, draw a line down the door.

Step 4

Remove Door from Jamb

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Remove Door

Remove the door from the jamb. Place it on the floor, with its closing edge facing upward. With a plane, take the wood down to the line.

Step 5

Reposition Door to Check Clearance

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Make Sure Sides Fit

Reposition the door to check that the sides fit with the clearances of 1/8". Repeat the measuring process for the base of the door.

Step 6

Plane Off Required Amount and Check Clearance

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Check for Clearance

With a level floor, 1 inch is needed, but any undulations may require more. Plane off the required amount and check for clearance. Always plane from the outer edge inward, to prevent wood from splitting

Step 7

Fitting Hinges to Door

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Mark for Hinges

Place the door on the floor, hinge-side up. Make a pencil mark 6 inches down from the top of the door. Place the hinge below the mark, and trace around it. Repeat for the lower hinge, but this time position it above the mark.

Step 8

Mark Thickness of Hinge on Front Edge of Door

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Position Top Butt Hinge

At each hinge position, mark the thickness of the hinge onto the door's front edge. Use a chisel to remove the marked-off depth of wood.

Step 9

Cut Across Grain to Prepare for Hinge

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Make Cuts

Cut across the grain first, so that you do not split the wood at the next stage. Make cuts every 1/8".

Step 10

Use Chisel to Remove Cut Wood in Hinge Area

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Remove Cut Wood

Now use the chisel blade along the guide line on the door's front edge. Gently remove the cut wood from inside the hinge guide lines.

Step 11

Hold Hinge in Hinge Area and Mark Holes

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Pilot Drill Screw Holes

Holding a hinge in each hinge area, mark off the screw holes. Pilot drill and test a hole with one screw to make sure it fits.

Step 12

Repeat Layout Process on Door Jamb

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Repeat Process for Door Jamb

Repeat the layout process on the door jamb. Repeat steps 7 through 11 on the jamb and screw the hinges to the door.

Step 13

Wedge Door Open and Screw Hinges

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Attach Hinges to Jamb

Wedge the door open and screw the hinges to the jamb. The latch and handle can now be installed.