Anyone who has kids knows that many products are not exactly made for them to be standing on or sitting on or hanging on, but kids will do it anyways. Cabinet doors seem to be one of these items that kids just love to hang on. Unfortunately, the intent of a cabinet door design is to simply support it’s own weight and is easily damaged when hung on, often ripping the hinged side of the cabinet door from the rest of the door. Luckily, this is a fairly easy fix that involves some sand paper, wood glue, and a few bar clamps.
Wood Cabinet Doors
Most cabinet doors have rails and styles that made to fit together and hold a center panel. If the hinged side of the cabinet, or any of the rails or styles, you can repair it fairly easily and quickly.
Take the portion left on the hing off the hinges with a screw driver and set it on it’s back so the interior groove that the panel inserts into is facing up. Using some sandpaper, rub along the inside of the groove to remove any old wood glue or pieces of wood. A screwdriver may also be necessary to remove all of the wood pieces from inside the rail. While this is painstakingly time consuming, it is very important to remove all of the excess that is left behind.
Now take the sand paper and remove any glue or wood that is on the portion of the panel that inserts into the rail. Again, be thorough so you ensure a proper fit.
Take wood glue and lay down a heavy bead inside the rail. Insert the rail back onto the rest of the door by pushing it back into place.
Take your bar clamps and lay them across the back side of the door and tighten snugly. Make sure not to over tighten as this will tilt the rail slightly and hinder the door operation. Glue will push out from the rail which is a good sign that you will get proper adhesion. Wipe the excess glue off with a damp rag on both the front and back of the door.
The glue takes about 12 hours to completely dry. Once it is, remove the clamps, use wood putty to fill any cracks or holes, and remount the door.
Being able to repair cabinet doors and drawers will save you hundreds of dollars over the course of when your kids are in their “curious” years. After that, you may want to replace you kitchen anyway.