Tools for Retrofitting Old Doors

Handy items help in repairing and retrofitting old doors.

1.  PRECISE CUTS

FLEXVOLT brushless MAX circular saw.

The FLEXVOLT 6½” 60-volt brushless MAX circular saw delivers straight, splinter-free cuts when used with a TrackSaw dual-edged track. The cordless saw offers good dust extraction, and has a plunge mechanism and a low-profile guard. DeWalt, (800) 433-9258

2.  CARPENTER’S MEASURE

Starrett 6″ combination carpenter’s square.

The versatile Starrett 6″ combination carpenter’s square features easy-to-read measurements down to 1/64″. It includes a try/miter gauge, depth gauge, height gauge, and marking gauge. It’s fitted with a reversible lock bolt, scriber, spirit level, and machine-divided blade. Rockler, (800) 279-4441

3.  SLOTTED SCREWS

Solid brass screws.

Ever notice how hard it is to find flat-head screws? This startup offers solid-brass screws in the #9 size, the standard for hanging solid wood doors. Made in the U.S., each is ” tall. Drill a pilot hole before installation. BrassScrewUSA, (404) 522-9177

4.  VICTORIAN STEEPLE

Grapevine steeple hinge.

The Grapevine steeple hinge is a reproduction of a late-19th-century antique. In solid brass with milled joints, it’s available in three finishes and has a removable pin and screw-in steeple tips. The hinge measures 5″ x 5″ when open. Charleston Hardware, (866) 958-8626

5.  CELLAR DOOR

A steel-sided basement door.

Improve access to the basement with a steel-sided basement door from the Classic Series. Doors come with a baked-on primer; they have a gas-spring lift mechanism for ease of access, and flanged construction to shed water. Available in powder-coated colors, too. Bilco, (800) 854-9724


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Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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