How to Replace a Wooden Door Panel
Build a patch for the damaged area with these step-by-step instructions.
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If the weather has beaten up the bottom of your door, you don’t have to replace the whole thing. This project shows you how to replace just the damaged section.
Materials and Tools:
portable workbench (or sawhorses or a sturdy card table)
power miter saw
woodworking and grip clamps
1. Measure dimensions for the panel to be replaced, and remove door and take it to your workspace.
2. Measure and cut wood for the new pieces. For the pictured project, a replacement patch was designed using two vertical boards and three horizontal boards.
4. Mix the epoxy according to directions. Spread liberally over the surfaces to be joined and insert biscuits.
5. Bring the pieces together. Making sure everything is lined up properly, tap the pieces with a scrap 2-by-4 to firmly join them.
6. Clamp all the pieces tightly together and allow the epoxy to dry for at least four hours. Go over the patch with an orbital sander to remove excess epoxy. Fill any dents or holes with wood putty.
7. Cut off the damaged bottom section of your old door with a circular saw and a straightedge. Trim your new patch to the exact size of the damaged area you removed.
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