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coline3bettson
1940's solid wood bedroom door will not close !

we wish it would because our dog "head butts" her way in !

We have : taken it off the hinges and sanded the part that seems too thick
TRIED to "plane" the wood, but only produced divots

Really, we do not have the skill.

Thank you for your advise.

Coline Bettson

Re: 1940's solid wood bedroom door will not close !

First of all, if you want to plane a piece of a wood, you should use, well, a plane. Removing an even amount of material from a board with a sander is very difficult, unless you are an experienced woodworker.

When you say the door won't close, do you mean that door gets stuck or binds in the frame, or that fits in the frame but just won't latch?

If it's a matter of the door won't latch, you may be able to simply adjust positioning of the striker plate and/or the door handle hardware to the point where the door latch catches.

If the door is getting stuck in the frame, you could be dealing a warped door or settled door frame. Since you aren't experienced, I'd recommend getting a carpenter to take a look at it.

Good luck!

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