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Splitting the door to save space.

Swinging open the big, solid fir door preempted too much space in thsi small breakfast nook. But since the door, which leads to the rear entry and basement, was an original in the 1926 house, owners Louise and Katsu Hirasawa decided to save both it and floor space by turning the door into a bifold.

The owner ripped it in half with a fine blade on a table saw, then sanded and oiled the cut. Three hinges, at top, middle, and bottom of the cut, are positioned with the pivots on the back side. The original knob remains.

Magnetic catches mounted on the door and jamb, top and bottom, keep the door in place when shut.
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