Cabinet door repair technique suggestions needed

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Forum topic by Andybb posted 06-02-2017 03:00 AM 2503 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2017 03:00 AM

Have a friend who has asked me to repair his below the sink kitchen cabinet door. I’m thinking I need to square the end off with a router or router plane and scarf in a new piece of oak, then cut the mortise for the hinge, plane it down and try to match the stain? Not sure if he has the piece that broke off. If he does, since glue is stronger than the wood do you think that would hold or should I square off and scarf?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#1 posted 06-02-2017 04:26 AM

If he has piece, glue and slightly scuff surface. If not square off and put in a new piece. I would take some scraps of whatever you use to insert into it and play with some stains to find the best match. Being it is inside the door not such a bother, but still aim for the fishes head.

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#2 posted 06-02-2017 05:25 AM

There is no better fit than a clean break. If he has the piece just glue it back. It already matches in patina.
I would dry fit it by gently moving it looking for that perfect spot. If a splinter is preventing the seating, just remove it and the piece should register and glue back seamlessly.
If the piece is gone, that’s really too. Yo will need to plane a flat and glue a new piece.

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 07:44 AM

Thanks. He doesn’t have the piece I found out. He dropped off the door. It’s much smaller than I thought. Only about a 2 inch long piece.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 06-03-2017 05:57 AM

Thanks for the advice. Planed it flat. Probably should have found a scrap of oak but it’s on the inside of a lower cabinet door. Very easy fix.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 06-03-2017 01:28 PM

looks nice …GREAT JOB :<))


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#6 posted 06-03-2017 01:35 PM

Blends in nicely Andy, good job!

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