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Mark

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04-07-2013 12:09 AM

So I finally finished the second book case ( no pics as yet). Big delay as I was waiting for the decorative glass to come in and then for sis to solder it up. When I hung both doors I found there was a twist or bow in one frame. The door is 23” long by 15” wide. The frame is 1 1/2 X 3/4” maple. When I lay it flat one corner is up a little better than 1/8”. At the moment I have a 1 1/2” block under the 2 flat corners and 2 fairly heavy weights on the 2 corners that have the twist, trying to straighten the damned thing out. I’m really hoping some one has a decent solution to the problem. Below is a pic from the other book case but the doors are the same.
Thanks.

-- Mark


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 01:56 AM

There is no magic fix for this Mark, unless the glue is a bit green. If it’s well set up, you will have to rebuild that door or build another. I have experienced this, and while it is deeply frustrating, it is also a reminder of the wondrous qualities of the material we choose to work with. Along with wood’s beauty, variety and practicality, the occasional tweak is potentially always there and sometimes occurs.

Be of good cheer.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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SamuraiSaw

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 01:59 AM

I agree with Lee, most likely the door will have to be rebuilt.

The only suggestion I could offer would be to apply heat to the door while it is weighted down. Basically you’re trying to build a new “memory” into the wood and simple weight won’t do it. You need something to change the characteristic.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas.... www.awwtx.com

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Mark

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 03:46 AM

Thanks fer the response gents. I kinda figured that would be the out come. But while I was settling down with one of the three wise men, (Jack, Jim and John), I figured out how to fix the problem. I have a supper thin razor saw. I’ll cut through 3/4 of the joint till I can crack it just a bit, re glue, kind of a butt joint, and if I clamp it between 2 culls to keep it straight, I can run a long counter sunk wood screw to hold the joint. Add a piece of 3/8 dowel (the joints were previously doweled) to hind the screw and Roberts yer fathers brother. What do ya think?

-- Mark

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 04:43 AM

Thanks fer the response gents. I kinda figured that would be the out come. But while I was settling down with one of the three wise men, (Jack, Jim and John), I figured out how to fix the problem. I have a supper thin razor saw. I’ll cut through 3/4 of the joint till I can crack it just a bit, re glue, kind of a butt joint, and if I clamp it between 2 culls to keep it straight, I can run a long counter sunk wood screw to hold the joint. Add a piece of 3/8 dowel (the joints were previously doweled) to hind the screw and Roberts yer fathers brother. What do ya think?

—Mark

Make a new door.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 06:52 PM

Before building a new door, I would try other means to straighten it out. Maybe steam and weights might work. Can’t lose to try.

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 12:14 AM

Those rare earth magnets can do miracles

That said, I agree with Lee in the event they don’t work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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