This question was originally posted in the Wood and Lumber Forum, but after no replies when 24 hours had passed I thought maybe I put it in the wrong forum.
Hello, I am new to woodworking and certainly have more enthusiasm and ideas than skill or knowledge. That’s why I was so excited when I stumbled across this site! I have a number of projects that I aspire to do but certainly will need lots of advice. Please excuse my entry-level, beginner’s questions. My current project is a bed that I am building for my “babies”. They are 8,5,4 and 3. It is a full size bunk bed. The base is a full size captain’s storage bed with 6 drawers which I have already built. Now for my dilemma: I am using two 5 panel antique interior doors for the headboard and footboard of bottom bunk, and two single panel antique interior doors for headboard and footboard of upper bunk. I need to cut the doors down to the width of a full size head and footboard. The five panels pose no problem as I can just start from the center of the door and cut off both ends and will have design centered. On the single panels however if I cut off both ends to size, I will be removing the borders from both ends. I have toyed with slicing off one end a little way in from the border, cutting off a piece out of main door and then splicing end piece back on. But even with the difficult task of cutting edges straight, lining up correctly, best case scenario, won’t the door’s strength be weakened? The other idea, if I could just get the molding piece off the end of the door, I could then cut off the panel to width and then glue the piece back in and the original profile would be restored without having a spliced piece. However the door seems to be very tightly constructed and even after stripping all old paint off I cannot find any loose place to pry or work with. I see no brads or nails in this door. Has anyone here ever attempted to remove these pieces from old doors? They are old, solid wood and heavy. Any expertise would be greatly appreciated!