I have an old wardrobe cabinet that I want to refurbish. The biggest
obstacle is that one door is warped 3/4" over 5 1/2' and won't close
fully. It's the right door and the top, left corner doesn't meet the
cabinet. I tried putting a turnbuckle inside to draw the opposite
corners together but the wire wasn't strong enough and broke. I can
get stronger wire but I now wonder if this is the best plan. The door
is wood, approximately 20"w x 66"h with two 1/4" (plywood?) panels set
into a 1x3 frame. Any suggestions on getting it to be flat again?
On Tue, 20 May 2008 09:59:22 -0700 (PDT), Christopher Nelson
An interesting fix to a warped wooden door is to place it flat onto
the lawn in the sun. Orient it like placing a bowl upside down. The
wood fibers against the grass will swell. It should take an hour or
A few suggestions:
1.) Ask over in rec.woodworking
2.) I'm thinking that normally warped boards don't unwarp, that's
just how that particular board wants to go. If you do manage to
flatten by wetting/drying/tensioning, etc. The door will eventually
go back to it's "normal" warped state.
3.) If the wardrobe is valuable enough to be worth the trouble, you
could attempt to take apart all the joints in the door. If it's
mortise and tenon joints, you can adjust the mortises and/or tenons to
get the door flatter buy planing, chiseling, and shimming, and then
4.) This may not work in your case since it's 3/4" you're talking
about (which is kind of a lot), but the hinges could be repositioned
such that the diagonal corner of the door sits out 3/4" from the
frame, which could bring the other corner back flush.
5.) Do a combination of 3 & 4.
6.) If it really is an old wardrobe, just appreciate the character of
a warped door. ;-)
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