|Ask Norm: Cracked Kitchen Cabinet Frame|
This question is from James Shugrue of Stratford, Conn and he wants to know how to fix one of his doors on his kitchen cabinet that has a cracked frame.
Norm Replies: It's not uncommon for rails and stils on cabinet doors to be damaged, especially on inset doors that have been opened too far. Fortunately, in most cases, they can be repaired with careful gluing.
Start by gently prying open the split with a putty knife, and use a toothpick or a paper clip to apply a thin coat of carpenter's clue to the exposed wood on both sides. Don't get glue on the door panel or in the groove that holds it - if the panel can't move freely with changes in humidity, it too, will crack.
Cinch the split halves together with painter's tape and wipe off any glue that squeezes out. Use a couple of clamps and a block of wood to hold the split flat while the glue sets. But before you clamp the block over the repair, as I'm doing at the top of this article, cover the glued area with a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap to keep glue off the block. Let the glue dry over night, then remove the clamps, the block, the wrap, and the tape. If necessary, sand any dried glue off the cabinet surface.