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wadebmadden
What to do with door casing?
wadebmadden

I am completely redoing my kitchen. My house is 1920's ish and we would like to keep as much of the old wood as I can. The door and window trim has been stripped, sanded and restained and they look great. We have a few areas in the kitchen where the new cabinets have encroached upon the old trim. The original 5 1/4 trim board may need to be ripped down to 3 inches to fit next to that cabinet, but only on the right side of the door. There is no obstruction of the left. My opinion is to only cut the one that needs cut and leave the other one at 5 1/4. My wife says it will look asymmetrical and we should rip the other trim even though there is no practical reason to do so.

Either way, I feel like your eye is going to tell you something isn't right with this door, but as I am no carpenter/contractor or anything of the sort, I was just wondering what "They" would do in this situation.

Thanks in advance!

ed21
Re: What to do with door casing?
ed21

If the trim be ripped down the whole length of the door, then I would consider ripping the other side to match. If just notching out part of the trim for the cabinet, I would leave it alone.
A picture would help.

dj1
Re: What to do with door casing?
dj1

I second what ed said.

wadebmadden
Re: What to do with door casing?
wadebmadden

The trim is being ripped the entire length of the door. But if I rip the casings, I would need to narrow the header too, as most people want to keep the edge of the header plum with the edge of the casing. The headers are also quite old and Im afraid a bit ornate for my skill, and more importantly, tool collection. I will try to get a picture tonight.

Also something I forgot to mention, the trim is standard throughout the house, so my thought was to try to keep it all matching as best you can. But that's the rookies thought.

Again, I will try to include a picture.

Thanks

Wade

Mastercarpentry
Re: What to do with door casing?
Mastercarpentry

Best to move the cabinets so that trim has it's space, but that's probably highly impractical so just notch the casing where the cabinets impede and leave the rest as-is. That's SOP here and leaves that casing matching the rest as much as it can be.

Phil

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