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Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 11, 2020 08:17PM
I was about to drive this weekend to a home depot about 25 miles away to pick up a circuit saw (the better model, nor in stock at my local store) and I just found our my friend has a Planer. Is that a better tool for cutting the door? I would have to make multiple passes and shave a little bit each time.

Thoughts?
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: rz
Date: June 11, 2020 08:17PM
What are you trying to do?
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 11, 2020 08:33PM
cut a door. probably 1/2 or 3/4 inch of the bottom of the door. I posted a few days ago. Just asking if Planer is a better tool by any chance since I could borrow one instead of buying a circular saw.
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: bik
Date: June 11, 2020 08:46PM
A planer is for smoothing uneven wood, not for removing large amounts.
You could do the job, but it would take a lot more time and care to get it straight and even.
If you try to make the job go faster by setting the planer to it's deepest setting, you'll be more likely to make a mess.

Use a circular saw, braced against a straight-edge clamped to the door, and you'll get a perfect straight cut in one pass. Then just a quick sanding and you're done.
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: June 11, 2020 09:19PM
agree smiley



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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: space-time
Date: June 11, 2020 09:29PM
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: jdc
Date: June 11, 2020 09:35PM
If you dont want to drive, the model you picked with a finer toothed blade would be perfect as well.



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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 11, 2020 09:39PM
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: davester
Date: June 11, 2020 10:08PM
Saw. The tricky part is not splintering the wood at a the bottom of the door. To minimize this you should use a new fine-tooth blade. I also would recommend using painter's tape along the cut line which will help minimize splintering.



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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 12, 2020 01:22AM
OR, you could clamp thin wood to the door on both sides, and cut through all 3 layers. I have done that with EXCELLENT results. No splinters.



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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 12, 2020 04:01AM
Unless you clamp wood to both sides, don't cut all the way through the door in one pass.

Cut through onside part way, then through the other side part way, both with a fine blade.

Then finish the cut all the way through.

Also, with a find blade, you should really only have to clamp would to the bottom of the door, not the top.

Well, if it's a hollow core door, then do clamp to both sides.




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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: d4
Date: June 12, 2020 05:04AM
If he has a planer, I bet he has a circular saw too.



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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: Carm
Date: June 12, 2020 05:12AM
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d4
If he has a planer, I bet he has a circular saw too.
True, unless it’s a hand planer and he likes to do everything manually. Then he’d have a hand saw. smiley-shocked003
But seriously... what d4 said. A planer is not the only tool a person with a planer would have.
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 12, 2020 06:53AM
I've used a hand saw. Hollow core doors splinter like mad, so the sacrificial wood idea is a good one. I've also used blue tape and a utility knife on a straight edge to cut the veneer outsides, then a hand saw to cut the rails. Note that some times the door bottom isn't deep enough, I've actually had to remove the bottom, cut back the cardboard, and push the bottom back up into the door to the right height. Then glue and clamp. Hollow core doors are a pain in the tush.
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 12, 2020 10:37AM
Yeah, cutting hollow doors is a nightmare. Perhaps read up on it prior (Fine Homebuilding will have something I'm sure).

Edit: cbelt has it right - use a very sharp razor to score the line. Trouble is to keep it straight.



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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: June 12, 2020 12:08PM
use a very sharp razor to score the line. Trouble is to keep it straight.


That's where a steel straight edge and a couple of C-clamps come in handy.




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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: June 12, 2020 12:31PM
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: wolfcry911
Date: June 13, 2020 07:46AM
Circular saw and a pass with a planer, then knock the edges down with sandpaper (or a sanding block, block plane, etc.)
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Re: Door cutting. Which is a better tool: Circular Saw or Planer?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: June 13, 2020 09:40AM
Norm & Tom on TOH favor a track-saw. Last I saw, they used painters' tape on both
sides of the door, marked the line and cut!



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