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  • For this demo, I put together an RGT JM 401.  It has 3/8th thick MDF walls.  The stairs on this house come too close to the back edge of the wall for a door cutout on that side (the side that is away from us)
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  • An interior door often has a framing size of 3" x 7".  I have marked a cutout size ("rough opening") of 3 1/16" x 7 1/16 plus another 1/4" for the thickness of the Base Floor
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  • I will use these tools: drill with 1/4" drillbit, jig saw with an 18 tooth-per-inch metal-cutting blade, and a utility knife with a nearly new blade
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  • Drill two intersecting holes to start the jigsaw blade
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  • Cut to a corner from one direction
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  • The blade can't make a sharp corner
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  • Stop the down-cut well before getting close to the floor
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  • cut to the corner from the other direction
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  • Finish the down-cut with the utility knife.  One straight cut on the line and a clearing cut inside of the line, angled toward the straight cut.  Do not slice!  Press the knife against the wall - rock and wiggle the blade.
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  • Remove the material and repeat the straight and clearing cuts until you get to the edge of the floor.  Finish both down-cuts
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  • Pull the waste piece outward.  Clean up the shreads
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  • The door's threshold will cover the cut-away bottom of the wall
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  • An upper door layout starts 1/16 below the upper floor's surface.  This layout is 3+1/16 x 7+1/8.  The roof gets in the way of swinging the jigsaw for the down-cut, so I have a low starter hole
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  • I made this base-cut well above the floor's surface.  I should have made it higher still, even 2" above the floor so I would have more leverage when it comes time to break the piece off.
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  • Chop the final part of the down-cut (press and rock - straight cut and clearing cut)
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  • I have clamped the straightedge because of the risk of slipping with the utility knife.  The wall surface will be covered so a slip won't matter there, but I don't want my hand in the way.
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  • Once again, straight-cut and clearing-cut.  You don't have to cut all the way to the floor's edge.  The groove on the inside and a good "V" cut on the outside will define the break line
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  • See the knife slip?  My hand wasn't in the way!
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  • A bigger waste piece would have made this step easier.
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  • Trim the shreads
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