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Old 06-13-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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Living at my MIL's house is giving me some interesting surprise projects lately. Yesterday I find out that the door on her IKEA standalone bedroom closet (or storage unit or whatever they want to call it) had broken. It's a door that's 7 or 8 feet high with a solid translucent glass panel held in a mitered wood frame, kind of like a picture frame with a door handle. It broke in a funny way: the hinges and the wood panel they're attached to stayed put while the joints gave way (as if the glue had failed) but still stayed slightly attached. Now the door looks like a parallelogram with the outer edge on the floor with the hinge side where it's supposed to be, with the upper and lower edges diagonally holding on for dear life. Thankfully the glass looks undamaged. It also appears the miter joints had wood pegs that just seemed to pop out of place but look to remain mostly intact.

What I'm thinking of doing is putting the door up on a pair of sawhorses, glue it with some variety of Titebond, slide the pegs back into place, hammer in a brad nail vertically (entering at top and bottom) at each corner to keep it together, and clamp it horizontally until the glue is cured. I figured screws might crack the wood but I'm not sure of that. The door is maybe 1/2" thick.

I've never done any kind of carpentry or wood repair before, so does this sound like a good plan?

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I would just contact Ikea and order a new door. A lot easier than repairing.

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Provisionally, yes that sounds pretty safe. But I you post a pic of the door as it hangs now and close ups of the damaged joints, we can tell you with more certainty.
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Gregzoll, if it was newer I'd give it a go but this is several years old and it doesn't appear that it's a current model that they carry. We also have no cars with roof racks or an easy way to transport something of that size. I figure it'd be a lot cheaper/easier to fix it.
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If it is not particle board, go fo it. You may need to make a jig, if you do not have long enough clamps.
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If you would post a picture I'm sure some great ideas would follow.
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Might be a bit crude but could you fix a flat steel angle-bracket at each inside corner once the frame is squared up again?
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Post a few photo's...........I'll guide you

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