Gluing up exterior Door - Determine if bowed?

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Forum topic by mycrew143 posted 04-30-2012 02:10 PM 975 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2012 02:10 PM

Hi All,
I am about to glue up a mahogany door. All the rails and stiles are straight and the fix seems really good with tight joints. I will be using 6 pipe clamps, 2 at top rail, 2 at lock rail and 2 at bottom rail all with one on top and one on the bottom. When all is tightened up I can make sure the rail and stile are in same place by using a straight edge across from stile to stile. I know the stiles are not a skewed (as if the bottom clamp is tighter than the top pulling the edge down).
I looking for a trick or tip to make sure that one door corner is on the same plane as the opposite corner(twisted). I can not put a straight edge because the pipe clamps will be in the way.

Anyone have any helpful tips on this so I can make sure the door does not get twisted during glue up.


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#1 posted 05-01-2012 01:15 AM

Simple winding sticks, you can make a pair, taller then your clamps.

Do a search here on LJs or google search or find a howto on youtube

-- Nicky

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 01:16 AM

Use winding sticks just like checking any stock for wind or twist.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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