Tongue and groove boards for closet door not aligning

Old 11-28-16, 02:12 PM
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Tongue and groove boards for closet door not aligning

Hi there,

I'm building a couple "barn doors" for a closet. I've cut the boards to the right sizes, but I'm having a bad time trying to align the boards. Some of them fit together nicely, but most of the time, one end of the tongue pops out of the groove when I push the other end in.

I've tried to solve this by adding wood glue and applying pressure and simply leaving the boards overnight inside to see if they needed to acclimatize (they were kept outside at the lumber yard)... but no change in my luck.

I feel like I'm missing something basic, or maybe there's a trick I need to learn... any help would be greatly appreciated!

Old 11-28-16, 02:38 PM
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Sounds like the "trick" is to use straight boards. Straight boards would not require much effort to keep them together.
Old 11-28-16, 04:57 PM
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I'll give your the benefit that the boards are straight.

Sounds like your on the right path by using clamps and glue, but your going to need some woodworking bar/panel clamps that will extend to the width of the door, but thoes get pricey.

You could make a set of clamp with a couple 2x4's. One end has a fixed block the other will have a block but with space to insert some shims to force the pieces together.

Assume there is a solid boarder around the T&G?
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Most likely they warped being outside. What type of wood is it?

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