Twist in Style and Rail Door

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9 years 10 months ago #10460 by Don Mountain
Don Mountain created the topic: Twist in Style and Rail Door
I have been building a cabinet for our bathroom, and it has two doors on the front measuring 1'-2" wide and 3'-6" high with 2" wide style and rail construction with 3 panels vertically. After gluing the styles and rails up for my first door, and letting it sit overnight, when I unclamped the door it was twisted by 1/4" and doesn't sit flat on the front of the cabinet. Does anyone have a technique of twisting one of these back into shape? I thought about putting it in a hot shower for awhile and then stretching it to shape? There are no panels in the frame. It will be inset metal panels when my wife is done punching them.


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9 years 10 months ago - 9 years 10 months ago #10461 by AZ IRONWOOD
AZ IRONWOOD replied the topic: Re:Twist in Style and Rail Door
It sounds to me, as if you're dealing with the resultant problems when the stock was either 1. improperly kiln dried, 2. has been subjected to a change in environmental storage conditions [possibly transported under high humidity conditions, warehoused improperly] (ever seen a straight board, at a discount DIY emporium???) 3. subjected to even more of a environmental change, when placed in your workshop {humidity, temperature, etc}. All these can cause 'instability stresses' in the wood. Disregard noted possibilities, if you're working with stock you have had properly stored, for a reasonable period of time.

You might try clamping that portion of the flat untwisted 'Stiles & Rails', to a known truely flat level surface, and let the untrue portion extend unsupported. Place a 'movement limitation' support in position, beneath the untrue stock, which will hopefully stop/limit the 'corrective movement'. The open space, between the bottom of the untrue stock, and the top of the movement stop, should equal/be close to, the amount of 'correction' needed. Place weights on top of the untrue 'Stile & Rails'. In theory, the weight will cause the untrue stock to 'settle' against the limitation stop. All surfaces of the 'Stile & Rails' must then be sealed, to prevent stability changes, due to environmental changes. You can spend significant time/energy trying to correct the problem; compared to simply starting afresh. Consider also, that the environmental conditions in a bathroom, can be extreme. There may be times when conditions are very dry, versus times when hot steamy showers have all the surfaces actually dripping wet.

Since larger dimensions contribute to stability problems [warp, wind, twist, etc], if possible, I'd try to split the long dimensions. In other words, rather than two doors 14" x 42", I'd opt for four doors 14" x 21". Less overall length of the stock, less stress movement, per inch.
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