Craftsman Bungalow Restoration #18: Cabinet Door Repair

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 02-08-2009 07:16 PM 6177 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The last three cabinet doors to install are the originals that I found used as shelves in the laundry room.
Here they are, stripped and in temporary place.

ProblemsUnfortunately two of the doors have significant damage and hack repairs.

Door 1: Missing chunk of breadboard

and chunk of beadboard/ breadboard at opposite corner.

Door 2: Missing corner and bad repair via metal bracket thing

The other end has the same

View from end.

Deconstruction I pried off the ends. These types of door are really a simple construction. They are stock beadboard with wood ends nailed on. It is probably why the joints failed in some of them.

The doors just fell apart at this point. I marked the pieces and set them aside.

The nails are quite long

Broken Joint
The metal doo dads had been holding together a broken tongue and groove joint.

It fell into two pieces as I took the ends off.

Here you can see the two adjoining beadboard pieces with the broken tongue.

I ripped off the tongue and cut a new groove in each edge for a spline to hold the pieces together.


Grain Match

I thought about just making a patch but decided that this door needed a new piece.

I measured the original piece of damaged board.

Here is a bunch of my old growth stock of fir scraps that I use to match the grain.
I cut a new piece of to replace the damaged section and used the t-saw to cut a v-groove.

After ripping away the damaged piece I matched up the grain as much as possible. with my new piece.
I jointed and glued the pieces.

Above is the repaired piece after glue up.

Here is the piece in the context of the entire door.

I Heart Blue Tape
In the course of the repairs I ended up splintering a piece by picking it up incorrectly.
Blue tape to the rescue.

Next time
I mill and attach new breadboard ends.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 02-08-2009 10:24 PM

And to think that I had thought you had simply been lounging around the house, spending time on the computer and been generally taking it easy. :)

Nice post, Giz. It does look like you have kept yourself busy in the past few months. I can see now why the shelves you just posted took so long to complete. They were just another item on your “assigned” list (my wife thinks her mission in this life is to find things for me to do). Welcome to the club.

I just hope you don’t run out of things to do.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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