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need help fixing a twisted door4/12
You might be able to fix this with a Hafele "Planofit".
Is a gizmo that buries an all-thread rod in the back of the door. By tightening or loosening the nut you can sometimes make the bow on door straighten out.
Hafele has their Planofit door straightener hardware
thanks for the help. I will check it out
The Planofit is designed for cabinet doors, and may be inadequate for a passage door. The principle may be adapted to your dilemma.
Turnbuckles, though inelegant, would do the job.
Do you know the cause of the twist? A wet stile, mortises or other joinery not parallel to the faces of the parts? Loose joints and an assembly surface that is not flat?
My experience has been that once a door has twist, it is impossible to remove unless the cause is tracked down and corrected. This means we have replaced the doors in all but one case. Wet wood was to blame, and it was easier to build a new door than try too replace a stile.
Throwing the door out in the dewey grass won't work. Overbending the door 2-3-4 times as far as it twisted will not work. Steaming will not work. Neither will prayer work.
Thanks for the reply David.
Here is a completely off the wall idea.
Would it be possible to re-activate the glue in the door?
I know that with veneer you can coat MDF & Veneer with aliphatic resin glue (titebond) and let it get completely hard and dry. If you mate the two surfaces together and heat them up with a clothing iron the glue will reactivate and bond just like the two materials were glued together wet.
Could be that heat might loosen your glue enough to reposition the stile relative to the rail. My lizard brain says this can also be done with an RF gluer like a woodwelder.
David's idea has a more or less predictable outcome. My idea is just based on anecdotal conjecture.
I had a warping problem once with an interior door as well. Built a home's worth of doors..... big doors! They were all 2-1/4" thick soft maple, weighed a ton! I got a call several months later that several of the doors were warped so grabbed a level and some string and headed to check it out. First thing I found was that the doors were not painted correctly as the tops and bottoms were never painted! Homeowner had been told, as well as the installers, that all edges need painting or no warranty! Then check the doors for warping.... turns out all but one of the doors were just fine, just had the jambs not installed properly, so always bring string to check that first. The one that was warped I took back to the shop and went over it to find out why it warped.
I found one stile had twisted, so I cut it off leaving a bit over 1/2" of material remaining. Basically enough to preserve the profile and enough extra so the panel stayed secure. Made up a completely new stile and re-cut new mortises then glued the new stock to the remaining material making sure it sat flat. Let it sit for a couple days then sanded and re-installed. Saw it several months back after a couple years in use and still looks great.
So before you re-make the door a little detective work may save you some work and expense.