How to repair, restore a broken cabinet door, fix with glue and stain

How to repair, restore a broken cabinet door, fix with glue and stain



hi I'm Blair Gilbert here for Gilbert's pro hardware in st. Clair Shores Michigan and mr. Harborough calm and customers came in today he says she just tapped this door shut with her foot and when it closed the wood must have been awful dry because take a look at this door to would dry it out so this happens to drawers and doors quite off next to take and glue this back together properly and that by corner irons to put to the back of the door to screw to try to hold the door together or mending plates and try to screw the door together it's not how we're going to do it this door held together just fine and so to most your doors when they just glued the joints properly when there's enough surface area of the wood when this carpenter they have this tenon here and the doors more to stout so when it's put together there's a lot of surface area between all this wood there's more here than meets the eye so when this is glued together there's a lot of strength to be had the other thing we're going to do is want to make sure that we take care of any little flaws beforehand then this center panel is a panel door single flush panel door the panels are not glued into the Stiles and rails of this of this door the center panel floats and the reason for that is is this wood shrinks and expands over its lifetime this panel could actually cause the door to break apart from when it's humid and it expands to a January dry day so we're going to do we got this door all apart first thing we have to do is we have to figure out how are we going to pull it together you don't glue it and then go find some clams you go find the clamps first quick thing about clamps I grew up as a kid with bar clamps these are called Jorgenson bar clamps they're pretty called they have the quick release when you pull here it opens when you pull or when you pinch it here is also open but you just pull this way it opens up sweet this up set this for the proper width we're in a need then when we get there that we and tighten up NAB and we can clamp the door together we lined up our wedding at a time we have a small flaw in the corner of this door in excess of everything else we have to glue we have a split here what we want to do is we want to get glue in the joint so I want to spread the joint farther apart so I can force some glue in that joint we're going to be using some yellow carpenters glue here type buying something I was raised I want to make a little bit of a mess I'm going to force it in there too much glue isn't a problem there's only a problem if you don't clean it too little glue is a problem because you can't go back and take it apart and reglue it the other big problem with amateurs first-time glowers is no glue something in that clamp it because they didn't think ahead didn't have the clamps didn't know how important the clamps were to have and use just a little bit of water I'm going to polish off the excess glue and when we clamp it more glue is can hose out that joint for now keep my job halfway clean so now we're going to take we're going to put glue on both surfaces of all the areas that we're putting together we're going to do is we're going to put glue down we're going to take a acid brush using the plumbing world and we use the acid brush to spread the glue around so I get a nice even layer on all of my mating surfaces and when I'm looking for the better than normal job I glue the daylights out of it I put loom Bowl surfaces of everything that I'm binding even though this is broken flat and square when this is clamped I still have enough surface area because gluten clamped properly a glue joint is stronger than the wood was before we glued and clamped it now we're going to use the acid brush to get the glue everywhere where we want it all the meeting surface I mentioned earlier that the center panel of the door does not get glued in although I will get a little glue where the center panel is going to go here and there because I'm going for strength and I'm not going to lose any sleep over a little glue on the panel here and arrow so don't lose your mind if you get a little in the crack where the center panel is going to be like down here with this piece and the backside broke off the other thing you need is you need a even light coat of glue you don't need a pile of it but if I don't see any glues out of the joint then I know I didn't get enough glue on it No No there we go so we can still move this piece if we need to so if there's any misalignment you use a lot of pieces in a pit so as you get glue and your rag or your napkin you throw it away and you don't get glue on your hands or elsewhere in the project by folding it in half and getting glue on yourself so if you do it you do it very moderately so I'm checking alignment here the woods aligned real nice the clamp isn't very tight yet I can still make an adjustment on it notice the bar is bending slightly this piece lines up pretty good this piece doesn't line up I'm going to loosen the clamp a little see it's important you get one chance get all this stuff aligned so right now I'm making sure that everything is aligned right on the money because after this glue is set for about five minutes there will be no more adjusting removing any of this lumber you only have so much time to check double check everything aligned we don't need a truckload of force and these clamps and some that putting wood shims or protectors on it and as a carpenter you can never have too many clamps this is a dry rag I'm using napkin and I'm using so far I'm going to come back with the damp point and that's going to polish off any glue residue I may have left in this project so far who's already sitting up down here in this lower half I got one spot here I don't like we can cross measure our door at 29 and 3/4 by twenty nine and three quarters to make sure we didn't take door and make it out of square little clamp right here at woods just a little proud with that split wise they fixed so I am going to protect the wood in this spot to the glues out there's no air gap left in this project well we've given our project 45 minutes for the glue to cure now I must say that 45 minutes is barely enough time actually 20 is barely enough time 45 is still rushing in a little bit but for the sake of this video we're gonna push this I'm slowly undoing my clamp at the top this is fully gonna cure for probably 24 hours notice how clean all the joints are we wiped all the glue that whose daf off these doors showing how you can touch up scratches and dings on a door we have some visible lines on the door where you can see where we glued and clamp the door back together so what we do is we use a heavy bodied stain something that is not watery like a penetrating stain but more like a stain that we can use for antiquing and such so this stain it's not a gel stain it's just a thicker wiping stain this one's bizarre another company that makes a good one is old masters so we chose a color that's real close to our project here we need very little stain so we're just gonna put a little touch only on the layers where we need them and that's why I'm using a screwdriver for a paint brush because I don't have anything that's this narrow in my paint brush Department as you can see this is doctoring this up pretty nice so you can see the line was glued together you know here we have a dent I'm going to color the dent anyway here's where some wood particles did not make it to our project I be left in this poor woman's kitchen floor so we get this color and most these cracks and soaking in a little bit but we're really using it kind of like a paint and you can see how little we need so we take this wiping stain we've camouflaged so you can't even hardly see that we were here okay I'll get it filled now we carefully need to take the excess off the smaller our repairers the less people will notice that we were here so we don't want to smear this product we're just going to get it on our crack only we're going to take the excess off now this particular stain we use is a wiping stain so it's thicker and it sticks to glow and and finished surfaces a lot of stains that penetrating stains you go to put them on to a little bit of blue or a little bit of varnish that might be on a door and it won't stick you can see here this product has worked out dgeren well by the time we're done here it won't stick I got left time to work on this because this stain will not dry and become in movable for about 15 minutes so I have a lot of time to fix anything I don't like on this door we're on the backside now know for a little darker little darker is a little better than a little lighter usually because it'll look like a piece of green a little later will look like a flock was it look from that side see I'll take a buff off the excess smear it on down me and overlooking here there there so now we have this whole project we really have one fly you probably can't see it it's so shallow we use a filler wood filler called color putty which is thicker it's a consistency of window glazing compound I can take and shape it and do whatever it happens be perfect for a job like this because I can rub it into the crack smooth it out and then buff it off that's one of our few cracks there's another one up here there's a little ledge I left on this door so I'll take this and I'll rub it back and forth let it fill in my hairline crack and then I'm going to buff it off now sometimes the colorant in this color putty well act like stain too there's only a small spot I've gotta fix there is our door came in all discombobulated and torn up ready to be shipped to the customer looking good as new

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