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AxellaJ
Door saddles?

Hi! I'm new here and will probably be around quite a bit, as we've purchased a dilapidated old home. :)

This weekend, we'll be refinishing the wood floors in the living room and hallway. At the end of the hallway, there's a right turn to the kitchen. The kitchen is part of an extension done about 20 years ago, and does not have the same kind of floor boards. It uses those "yellow tongue" sub-flooring sheets of some particle board stuff. As a consequence, there will be a different floor in the kitchen area, most likely Karndean vinyl planks (there is currently a cheap and nasty old sheet vinyl on masonite). Anything thicker than that would sit above the sills of the floor-to-ceiling windows in the dining area, so we're pretty well stuck with vinyl in some form or other.

Anyway... I'm sure I recall seeing things called, "door saddles" in interior doorways of old houses, years ago when I was a child in NY. However, I've never seen one in Australia (where I now live), so don't know if it's an American thing... One of those in the doorway into the kitchen would be perfect as a means of going from one type of flooring to the other, without having to use those ugly metal strips that are normally used to edge vinyl. Otherwise, I have no idea how to transition from a real wood floor, to a vinyl wood-look floor (no matter how realistic it may look, it will suffer by comparison if butted right up to the real wood floor, and it'll sit higher). A metal strip would kill the effect.

Now if these saddles are used the way I'm describing, how would one go about constructing one? And I'm guessing they'd go in every interior doorway, or at least where the floor heights change to accommodate tiles and such?

Sorry for the long-windedness, but I'm trying to explain it as best I can.

Thank you for your consideration. :)

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Door saddles?

If we are talking about the same thing they were made of ½" thick lumber the same with as the door jamb. They were tapered down on both sides and fit between the jamb sides. A lot of those were removed over the years as wall to wall carpeting was installed or because they were considered a trip hazard. I am in the process of making new ones to reinstall in my house.
Jack

AxellaJ
Re: Door saddles?

YES! YES! Those are the ones!

I'm assuming I'd use a jigsaw to cut out the door stop, and taper the front and back edges with... what would be the best way to go about it? Mitre saw? Plane? And then sand, of course.

So the fit within the width of the door jamp, or do the extend outwards a bit? I really can't remember. And I'm assuming the sit right on top of the floor?

Anyway, thanks for the reply. This is great. I was so SURE I was describing these things correctly (my husband's never heard of them).

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Door saddles?

You cut a board to the same width as the Jamb and cut to fit between the jamb sides. Then you tapper both sides with a sander, plane, or table saw. The drawing below is how I make mine. I divide the board into thirds. I leave the center third flat and tapper the others 3rds. Then sand to round edges. Hope that helps
Jack

AxellaJ
Re: Door saddles?

Thank you for the diagram. That is great, and exactly what I was thinking of.

It'll make it so much easier to explain to my husband what they are!

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