How to Make a DIY Interior Dutch Door

Keep an eye on kids or pets by giving an existing interior door a split-level update.

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Use Router to Notch Fitting Into Door

Trace outline of hinge directly onto the side of the wooden door with pencil. Use woodworking router to notch out space for hinge.

Ensure Additional Hinge Fits

Do a dry fit with wooden door, ensuring the additional hinge fits perfectly into the chiseled door frame and the notched side of the door. If it fits perfectly, take the door back down and prepare to cut it in half. Should the hinge not fit perfectly, additional chiseling may need to be done to the frame and/or the side of the door.

Cut Wooden Door in Half

Securely mark cut point of door with pine plank fastened tightly to the door with woodworking clamps, then use circular saw to cut the solid door into two panels: a top panel and a bottom panel.

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