11:07AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 11/02/02
72 lifetime posts
I have a problem. A neighbor helped me trim a window. The jamb extensions extended slightly too far into the room. To get the trim to lie flat against the wall, he took a belt sander and sanded down the jamb extensions to make them flush w/the wall. Problem is, he did not sand evenly, and anyone looking closely will see that the edges are no longer flat.

He never did get the extensions quite flush w/the wall, so I have a bit of wood to play with. I'm thinking of using a flush-cut saw to go all the way around the jam, which hopefully will leave me with a nice surface. But would it be better for me to use a plane instead?

I can't easily remove the jamb extensions. They were attached to the window at the factory. The thought of trying to detach them does not fill me with joy.

I rather wish I hadn't let this friend help me. I'm no expert on trimwork, but taking a belt-sander to jambs that were protruding 1/8-1/4 inch just seemed wrong to me, and the results, sadly enough, confirm it.

Jonathan Gennick


04:35PM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 11/27/04
174 lifetime posts
an electric planer will work good, providing that there are no screws to hit in the drywall or jamb. using the flush cut saw will still leave an uneven surface, that then you can plane down to flush.

with the electric plane, just start on the part that sticks out the most.


04:42PM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 11/02/02
72 lifetime posts
Ok. I can go buy a plane tomorrow. I'll give it a go. Thanks for weighing in.

I'm still annoyed at myself for letting my neighbor go at the jamb with a sander. He does home renovation on the side. I figured he knew what he was doing.

Oh well. It's a lesson learned for the next room that I remodel.

Jonathan Gennick



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