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#1 posted 10-12-2015 07:49 PM

It took me a while to get a heat gun and to find some time to try the heat technique but….... it worked wonderfully!!!! Thanks for the advice and the details around why it would (did) work.

I clamped each of the door frames down to my workbench using a caul on either end to spread the load evenly. I also placed two pieces of half-inch-thick scrap about 1/3 and 2/3’s of the length of the frames. With a little tension now on the wood I heated it using a heat gun. I spent a good amount of time making slow passes over the wood to heat all of it as evenly as possible. I only heated it from one side of the wood (given how I clamped it down) but I kept heating it until the underside started to feel hot. I kept them clamped down until they cooled completely.

I thought that I would have to experiment with different levels of deflection by swapping the 1/2 inch stock for something thicker or thinner but it turned out to be just right. Both door frames are now straight as an arrow. I plan on keeping an eye on them over the next few days to see if they re-form back to their bowed shape. I’ll be sure to get back on at let you know if they do. Thanks again guys!

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