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Warped Longcase Door

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Above image shows a Georgian Mahogany Longcase Clock warped door – one of many antique clockcase repairs I can undertake.  With over a 1″ twist this door desperately needs repair! The processes involved to rectify this sort of dramatic defect is quite complicated and expensive but worth it in the end. Warped timber can seldom be cramped flat – it always springs back so I don’t even bother with this method.

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This image shows the clock door in two pieces. The door was cut down its narrow width using a hand saw with the door itself being clamped in a bench vice. It has to be sawn by hand as I needed to follow the curves in the door (difficult!) Once cut in half, the top half of the door (with the polished finish) was planed flat by hand, then glued and cramped to an old piece of mahogany timber. Because the top face of the door is much thinner for being sawn, it’s flexible enough to glue flat to a flat piece of timber. Once, glued and left to harden off, the door repair section was trimmed and matched in with the original. Not a single machine or power tool used on this job – hand work at it’s best!

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This image shows the completed clock case door now flat. This picture was taken  6 April 2010 approx 2 years after the repair was carried out, and the door is still totally flat. I’m updating this article now (2015) and it’s still flat – this repair is now 7 years old. The process is expensive to do, circa £300.00 but usually it’s worth doing if the clock has enough value. The client was delighted with the end result and considered it very much money well spent. I loved doing this one!

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The rear face of the repaired door. This is the “new” old timber that has been glued to rear face of the original door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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