These cams or pegs which go in the holes here in the bottom. If something looks too high, too low, too narrow, too wide. It’s an inexpensive plastic one but, it has a really nice feature. RH: Now that we’ve decided which molding to use and where it should be placed it’s time to cut some wood. Now what we’re looking for is proportion and placement of the molding. RH: One of the first things we’re going to do is take some molding that I’ve cut slightly over sized, a little bit longer than we actually need. We’re going to cut an angle off one end with the miter box. RH: Laura wants this to be a hands on project so she takes over and makes the next few cuts.
Laura finishes drawing as I start placing strips of wide masking tape along the lines to simulate the molding.
Laura decides on five inches so we set a combination square at five inches and draw a line across the top of the door. We have to make four of these with miters on both ends that are exactly the same length.
Now what I’d like you to do is to line up the saw with that mark right there. All we have to do is slip in a piece of molding, insert the pins and cut away.
RH: My last house call in the great state of Texas takes me to Longview where Laura Leaver has asked me to give her outdated interior doors a make over.
Today though we’re going to tackle the ones in her hallway.
Laura has an entire house full of plain Jane doors. RH: All right, so you were thinking maybe of applying molding to these doors? RH: That’s a great idea because we can make these look like panel doors for a fraction of what it would cost to actually replace them. RH: So, why don’t we start by taking the down and taking them outside. Simple enough, if we choose the right molding and put it in the right place. I was thinking I like the look of the panel doors and springboard a little more updated looking. The plan is to apply two rectangles of molding to the face of the door. Our next step is to remove all the hardware, screws, hinges and door latch. Now this kind of project is best done with the door laying flat at a comfortable work height. So, what I’m going to do is we’re going to stick this up on the door temporarily. After we remove the doors from the hinges we carry them outside to our work area. It’s thick enough to give you the illusion of a recessed panel which is what we want but, I want you to be absolutely sure. We attach three pieces of the molding Laura has chosen then stand the door upright so she can get a better idea of how it will actually look in place. I like the way it looks on the door and everything.