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Laminated walk doors

Skillet Member

I have a contractor that wants me to laminate some 3-0 x 6-8 slabs. We have relaminated doors in the past but these are raw blanks. Do i need to laminate the top and bottom edges too? I know specs usually call for a coat of finish on those edges of a finished door but didn't know about a laminated door.

6/14/18       #2: Laminated walk doors ...
james e mcgrew

less expensive and better to buy them from a door supplier,, we get asked to remove and re-laminate often,, we tell them ok for three times the price of new

6/14/18       #3: Laminated walk doors ...
Skillet Member

We are past that. They have dropped off the blanks and the laminate at the shop and i am charging them by the hour to laminate the doors.

6/14/18       #4: Laminated walk doors ...
james e mcgrew Member


All good, I have seen them spec'd with both laminated ends and then not laminated (More often)

6/14/18       #5: Laminated walk doors ...

If you don't laminate the ends I would paint them with an oil based paint to limit moisture changes. May not be necessary but quick & easy to do, just in case. Most of the doors we've laminated have been steel and we hold the laminate back from the edge just a bit to keep it from getting chipped.

6/14/18       #6: Laminated walk doors ...
MarkB Member

We have re-skinned a couple times but I cant say I have ever seen a commercial door of any kind come with face finished ends. I agree that the money can be an issue but when we did them they were wanting skins that werent readily available. We just decked them off on the CNC and re-skinned and trimmed. It wasnt bad work at all but when you added up the few hours and two sheets of material per door plus extras they were spendy slabs.

I wouldnt be turning away the work if they offered it again thats for sure.

We just by default spray a couple coats on the ends but if they were to get field trimmed I would almost guarantee no one would finish the raw cut. We often swab a bit of finish in latch bores as well but we'd get laughed off any job if someone saw us doing it.

6/14/18       #7: Laminated walk doors ...
rich c.

Biggest problem I've had is damaged and rounded edges where the face meets the edge. No support for the most critical place for new laminate. In a church restoration, I used a rabbet bit in the router and inlaid a 3/8"x 1/4" strip of hardwood all around both sides. Flush trimmed it on the face and edge, than laminated it. I would have just cut down the door and put on a new face on the edges. But didn't want to fuss with the hinges. Just chopped out the strips where the little strips ran through the mortise.

6/15/18       #8: Laminated walk doors ...
Alan F. Member

Generally laminating a door voids the rating so for commercial it can't be a rated opening, would be the same for a garage to house if there are fire codes.

Fire Door Guide

6/24/18       #9: Laminated walk doors ...

I make them buy the p-lam and I supply the labor

I do not want to know how and where they go.

We scuff them up well, edge and lay the faces. Bevel them hard and fast dry varnish the ends, then ship them

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