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Forum topic by skcj213 posted 02-03-2021 09:39 PM 308 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2021 09:39 PM

If this is an inappropriate post, go ahead and delete it. I am refinishing an antique china cabinet. It has 2 doors on the bottom portion that are about 12” x 16”. One of them is severely twisted. When closed, the top corner is inboard about 1/2” more than the bottom. Any suggestions on how I could straighten it out?

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#1 posted 02-04-2021 09:59 PM

I have not tried this on a cabinet door, but I have used water to dampen wood and then clamped it under pressure while it dried (poor man’s steam bending). You have to overbend because there will be springback.

Depending on the glue and other variables, this might work or it might make a real mess. My reason for optimism is that you only have 1/2 inch over 12-16 inches that you need to move.

-- Jeffrey

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#2 posted 02-04-2021 10:57 PM

I would spend my time adjusting the hinges to take out some of the misfit on the case. If the doors were built with a twist a twist shall remain
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 02-05-2021 04:35 AM

Without seeing it, I can’t say for sure, but if a corner of the door is “inboard”, consider adding stops. That will keep it from bending into the cabinet. It’s not a perfect solution, but it would keep the faces of the doors flush.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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