Warped Cabinet Door

lizabugOctober 9, 2011

After 2 years I finally finished working on an old cupboard that came out of an old farm house. I stripped,sanded,filled and repainted this piece. So last night I go to putting the doors back onto the cupboard and I discover that one door is warped. Now what do I do? It was not like this before ,and why it is like this now is beyond me. Is there anything I can do? Or will I need to find someone to make a replacement for me. Thanks!

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Did you refinish the door in a different location than where the cabinet is? It is possible the door picked up some moisture and changed shape a bit. Or you applied sealer and finish when it was humid and the door wasn't fully dried.

If the door doesn't straighten out, you can always remove the finish and start over. No big deal. If, after that, it doesn't return to a fit, get back here and someone here will have some ideas. What type of finish is on the piece?

    Bookmark   October 9, 2011 at 11:37PM
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Did you finish both sides of the door?

Doors can warp rather badly if both sides are not finished identically (same finish, same number of coats).

    Bookmark   October 10, 2011 at 10:11AM
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First off, Thanks for responding. Cabinet doors were sanded and stored in the basement over last winter, while the cabinet itself sat in the garage. But everything was painted in the same location with latex kitchen and bath paint. Same number of coats of paint for both sides of doors. So if I remove the paint from this one door would I need to apply some moisture, lay flat and hope that it will reshape itself? Willing to try anything at this point.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2011 at 11:52PM
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Water-based finishes introduce a tremendous amount of moisture into wood. The antique cabinet was extremely dry prior to refinishing.

Leaving the doors off and in a different location for the winter was a bad idea.

My advice is to remove the warped door. Lay it flat on the workbench on top of a heating pad, concave side-up. Turn the heating pad on, and check it every couple of hours.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 10:56AM
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