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Re: door stop moulding

Posted By: Phil
Wednesday, 18 July 2001, at 2:36 p.m.

In Response To: door stop moulding (John Murphy)

Door stops are nothing more than a strip of 3/8 inches thick lumber. Purchase a regular length of 1X4X8 (3/4 in thick) in good-grade lumber and rip it off with a saw ( a table saw is preferred if you have one) to make 2 strips. You can also purchase strips of lumber in 1.5 inches width if you don't have a saw. If you have a router, you can use it to round off the edges of the strips. You will use a rounding bit to round off the edges. If you do not have a router and do not wish to spend the money on one, use a plane and sandpaper to round off the edges of the wood strips. If you do a lot of woodwork, I recommend spending the money on a router than on a plane. A box of assorted router bits can be handy too. You can purchase a cheap router for $59.00 and a box of router bits for $19.95. Routers comes in different power measured in hp. A 1/3 hp router is adequate for home use. The more horsepower, the more expensive these things get. The other way that you can fix the problem is to remove the door jams, build them up with wood shims to close the gap between the jams and door. The wood shims will only cost you a few bucks. Use a 4ft level to keep the door jams perfectly vertical when you put them back.

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