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How to Hang an Oak Internal Door

Oak is an absolutely timeless option as a door material, offering the ideal combination of strength, stability and aesthetic value. JAS Timber is a proud supplier of contemporary oak doors from leading brand JB Kind, a company which has been established for more than 150 years. In this edition of the JAS Timber blog, we look at the history of JB Kind and share a step by step guide on how to install the brand's stunning oak veneer doors.

The company was founded in 1870 by John Blower Kind as a timber merchant and manufacturer of boxes. During both World Wars, JB Kind supplied a wide range of boxes designed to securely hold ammunition and other key items, as well as producing wooden boxes for major brands like Ovaltine, Johnnie Walker and Fyffes.

When the use of fork lift trucks began to expand rapidly in the 1960s, JB Kind began producing timber pallets. It wasn't until 1983 that the company started producing timber doors: this aspect of the company's production was so successful that, in 2007, JB Kind began to focus solely on crafting its now-famous range of doors. Today, JB Kind produces in excess of 250,000 doors every year.

Fitting a JB Kind oak door is an easy job for a confident DIYer and the following guide details the process:

  • After receiving your new door from JAS Timber, allow it to acclimatise to the new environment by laying it on a flat, even surface for around three days.
  • First you will need to remove the old door. As you remove the last screws, ensure that the weight of the door is fully supported. Dispose of the old door appropriately. 
  • Next, stand up the new door in the doorway to check that it is the correct height. If it requires trimming, you will need to use a pencil to mark the top of the door opening on the new door. 
  • If trimming is required, measure the distance before dividing the total equally across the door's top and bottom edges. After marking a perfectly straight cutting guideline, use a plane to remove the excess timber.
  • Now hold the door up against the frame to check for correct width. If the width is not correct, mark the overhanging distance on the door with a pencil. Measure this overhang and divide it equally across both edges of the door. Draw a guideline and remove excess timber as above. 
  • Put the door into the doorway and lift it up from the ground using small wedges. Using a pencil, mark the position of the existing hinges onto the door.
  • Place the door securely onto a workbench and align your new hinges with the marks. Draw around them to mark their outlines. 
  • Measure the hinge plate's thickness. Use this measurement to draw a line onto the door's edge. Cut around the marks using a sharp chisel. 
  • Using the pencil marks to guide you, make cuts at intervals of 5mm to the depth of the hinge plate, holding the chisel at a 45 degree angle to the door. Then chisel out the recess for the hinge plate using the chisel's flat side.
  • Drill pilot holes following the previously-made hinge marks before screwing the plates to the door. 
  • Put the door against the frame, positioning it open to a 90 degree angle. place a screw through the lowest hole of the upper hinge plate and secure. Then do the same through the lowest hole of the bottom hinge plate. The third screw should then be secured into the highest hole of the upper hinge. 
  • With these three screws properly in place, check that the door can open and close freely. If it does not, mark the area that requires trimming, remove the door and complete this task using a plane or sandpaper. 
  • When you are satisfied that the door can open and close freely without catching, install the remaining screws.

There are 50+ style options of JB Kind contemporary oak doors available from JAS Timber at the most competitive price. Discover the complete collection on our website.

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