Kitchen Cabinet Door Frame Repair

Kitchen cabinet doors usually take a beating and keep on ticking; but sometimes someone leans or hangs on one too hard or someone gets mad and slams the door. Another problem is those nasty plunge hinged slots that break.
We repair! The goal is to save the door to save the whole kitchen.

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Typical American-style cabinet doors include a lumber raised panel center surrounded with 4 lumber pieces called stiles & rails. It is possible the center panel is a flat plywood panel.

The design is not strong and frequently breaks where the horizontal rails meet the vertical stiles. The problem comes from slamming the doors hard, leaning on them while reaching into lower cabinets, or small kids climbing on them while reaching upper cabinets. The larger the door the more the chance of fracture. ... or we could say the more kids in the home!


Sometimes the fracture also splits out on the front side along the shaped inner edge of the stile. That can be a cost raising factor.

The repair is to properly glue and clamp the shattered area/s; but, all such gluing must be done with proper wood glue and clamps!

Finally, in order to add additional strength to the previously broken door we add a small 1/4" thick matching wood splint block on the back sides where broken. It is about the size of a match book.

If the door is from a furniture piece, like an armoire, we don't add the block but add a special small headed long screw thru the side edge of the door thru the stile into the rail.

The typical cost to repair is $150 TO $225 but is usually $150 IF no major fractures on the front side with limited finish touchup.
Repairs including the front face could be slightly more.

See Examples of Previous Projects at  Door & Drawer Repair Gallery

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  1. Have good lighting and move closer to the item. Folks tend to stand too far away.
  2. Mark the damages or special aspects with something like masking tape.
  3. Take an overall photo of the whole item. For example, the dining table.
  4. Take a close-up photo of any special areas. For example, the gouge to the top.
  5. Take photos from various angles. For example, from the left and from the right or from opposite side of table since light reflection "plays tricks".

UPS shipments are gladly received for such repairs. 2-4 week turn around.
Use your friendly Brown or Kinko store to pack and ship.
We'll call you with final bid and return shipping if your carton is reusable.


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