How to make a threshold or where to buy one
January 17, 2010 7:06 PM Subscribe
Cuttin Wood. I need to custom make a threshold for an old doorway, and I'm having some problems.
posted by Big_B to Home & Garden (16 answers total)
I am trying to make a threshold to go where an old sliding glass door once was. I haven't been able to locate something precut at any Lowes or Home Depot, so I bought a 1/2" thick by 6" wide piece of red oak and cut it to fit lengthwise - 93". I want a bevel on one side as it is going over linoleum (the other side is up against the carpet). I tried to cut a ~2" wide, ~25 degree cut using an elaborate jig of scrap wood and my circular saw, but I only succeeded in ruining my piece of wood as the saw bound and didn't want to go straight. I'm thinking this has to do with cutting with the grain of the oak and the hardness? I tried two different blades, a nice small toothed finish blade and a ripping blade just to see what happened (the damage was done at this point...).
Options and Questions:
Is there anywhere I could buy a precut (with bevel) piece of threshold this long? Maybe a specialty window/door place?
Would it be possible to find a woodshop that would cut one for me, for a nominal fee? Suggestions on what to offer to have this done? I don't need it finished, I can do that.
Can I make this cut with a basic ~$100 table saw? I've always wanted one, but I don't really have storage for it.
Would a router give me a suitable edge?
Any other suggestions for this opening are welcome. There is a ~4 inch gap of subfloor exposed between the carpet and linoleum in the other room, and that's really the issue.
I'm in the Sacramento area and I'll be in the bay area this week for work, so any store suggestions are welcome.