I am currently looking to replace the old doors in my house. The doors themselves are probably 50+ years old and therefore have very noticeable signs of wear and tear. Just to make sure I can do it, I purchased one of the very cheap hollow interior slab doors (link here) and some other small tools that look like they'll make the job a tad easier without breaking the bank (jig for mortises, etc). The closest sized door I could find had the dimensions of
32"x80". The old doors (probably due to multiple layers of flooring) share the same width, but the height is slightly smaller (
79 1/4"). So my dilemma becomes trimming the doors
3/4"so they'll be a perfect fit.
Throughout the years I have received various tools from family and friends that they no longer needed but unfortunately I do not own a circular saw. However, I do have access to an electric planer. From my understanding of these hollow doors, the bottom is blocked off by a small piece of wood. My fear is that I plane the bottom portion of the door (take
3/4" off) and end up have the bottom of the door entirely hollow (because I would be shaving off the bottom insert that blocks it).
Here is a picture of the piece I am talking about (Reference: YouTube):
I suppose it is almost entirely dependent on the door, but is there a typical size for this bottom wood piece? Are there any better solutions to get around this (buying the equivalent sized wood and nailing it in, just buying a circular saw, hiring a professional, etc)