Originally Posted by rabn
Guess I'll first try to clamp it to see if it pulls back together. I like the dowel idea so will give that a bash. Unfortunately, we're mid autumn over here so unlikely to get a long dry spell for at least 6 months
Love London and have spent a fair amount of time there just for fun mainly and to be honest. I had hideous amounts of bonus miles once from East Coast shuttle wars and would pop over after work on Fridays from NYC and fly back Mondays.
But when you speak of a long dry spell you should remind US readers of your posts that means 3.46 days! And the last time there was a stretch so long in London was in 1643.
Good luck with the door. If you try the clamps and given you have to close it when you are not there? I would see if you can pull the door back together over the course of days, not minutes or hours and all at once. Do a little each day and see how it goes. I fear with an oak door you could do quick harm if you pull it back together all at once, only at the bottom, especially given the conditions of the wood you describe.
Don't be insulted if I sound pedantic, but get good strong clamps and don't forget blocks of wood between clamp ends and door frame?
You know the good news it is an hardwood door and nice oak at that. It will respond to your attention and let you repair it if it can be done. You may hear it scream as you pull it back together. Just watch for possible splitting. I doubt it will happen though.
Keep us posted?