Garage door Repairs in Southampton

These garage doors were made to measure by a joiner several years ago.

There are several issues with the doors because of design and manufacturing mistakes, that have resulted in the joints opening and the panels bowing.

The panels were glued into rebates – mistake no1. They should have been left loose and undersized so that any natural movement could be taken up.

The panels were also too wide without an easing groove machined on the backs – mistake no.2, I was unable to dissemble the doors entirely so I machined grooves into the panels to allow some movement to occur otherwise they will all bow out, two of the panels had already bowed.

The mortice and tenon joints should have had Oak Dowels driven home through both the mortice and tenon -mistake no.3 Doweling mortice and tenon joints ensures that the joints remain closed.

The solution to the above was to reduce the panels closest to the stiles these were the only edges I could get to without smashing the door apart, and to glue the mortice and tenon joints. I could have used Dowels as well but the tenon’s did break and crack as I took them apart, so i decided to introduce dovetail keys, these were let in to a depth of 25mm.

By undertaking the above these doors should now remain stable and give many years of service.

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About southamptoncarpenter

Starting with a 5 year boat building apprenticeship and a further 2 years training as a wood machinist then a further 4 years working for a small independent company restoring furniture and manufacturing reproduction antique clocks, and then 10 years in a therapeutic teaching environment passing on my skills I have been a self employed sole trader for over 15yrs so with well over thirty years experience in carpentry, and fully functioning static and mobile workshops, I am able to offer all aspects of bespoke carpentry and joinery, as well as standard refurbishments in your home, including doors, stairs, windows, skirting, furniture repairs, flooring, wardrobes, and general repairs and renovations.