overview illustration of a hollow-core interior door
Illustration: Gregory Nemec


Day-to-Day Timeline

SATURDAY Cut and install the panel frames (Steps 1–10).
SUNDAY Hang the door and install the lockset (Step 11-12).

Download and print the cut list.

Cut List for Dressing Up a Hollow-Core Door:

1-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding for the rails: eight @ 8 inches

1-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding for the top stiles: four @ 28 inches

1-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding for the bottom stiles: four @ 18 inches
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    Tools List

    • flathead screwdriver
      Flathead screwdriver
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • framing square
      Framing square
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • bar clamps
    • pneumatic finish nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • rounded chisel
      Rounded chisel
    • mallet

    Shopping List

    1-by-1¾-inch poplar nose-and-cove molding Get four 8-footers.

    18-gauge 1-inch nails for pneumatic nail gun

    Wood glue

    Wood putty

    120-grit sandpaper

    Latex primer and paint

    New lockset (optional)

    Note on proportions: A typical interior four-panel door has three equivalent stiles with a matching top rail and a deeper base rail. Mock up simple patterns cut from cardboard to see what size panels will look best on your door.