Warped cupboard door advice needed

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  1. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    Whilst things mechanic and electrical are usually well within my remit, things of wood or similar material are well out side it !
    The small locker door above the cooker has warped with no doubt the heat and steam.
    It was like it when we bought the van and has not actually got any worse, but I would like to try and get it straight again somehow ..
    The door is curved, about 2ft long and maybe 8" wide

    Any help or advice on how to proceed would be great !
     
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    Is it possible to re position hinges to minimise the visual effect ?

    Is the door constructed in composite or solid timber?

    It's possible but extremely difficult to remove twist from timber of any type and would probably involve cramping and applying moisture.

    A photo would be handy.
     
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    Might be easier to find a replacement door - from a motorhome scrapper perhaps?
     
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    You could take the door off and clamp it in such a way, with battens etc to untwist the door in the opposite direction and put it in a warm place to allow the door to twist back as it were. wooden items can be steam bent into many differernt bends but doors in MHomes tend to be composite or paper veneered and as such would probably fall apart with steam.
    Putting a few clamps on with clean battens and putting a revers twist in the door with clamps may bring it back into line.
     
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    A simple solution would be to stick a temporary packer the same thickness as the warp on the opposite end to the gap and keep using the door as long as the catch will hold, it will eventually warp back to straight without having to take it off.
     
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    Cheers all.. I have a sneaky feeling the door is actually wood.. But I will check tomorrow if I get a chance

    Cannot really do as you suggest Alan.. It is actually bowed.. Only the middle where the catch is meets the cabinet.. Both ends stick out about 3mm

    I will look at setting up some sort of stress bed and try heat on it though
     
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    Good luck with it but you may find it returns to its warped state.

    Try adding some more fixings, maybe magnet catches to hold it shut in the right position
     
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