I have recently purchased a beautiful solid oak door from a reclamation yard. The door is approx 80 years old and although I thought this was in excellent condition it would appear that it has been stored upside down possibly in water and this has caused the top section of the door to swell slightly and separate the top panels very slightly .
We have tried to clamp it back together tightly, which did not work.
Have now taken apart the top panels to allow us to shave the the joice of the panels so we can then clamp and glue the door back together again.
If this is succesful, is there anything I can do to protect the natural door that will prevent it from separating again slightly.
The door should hopefully be hung at the front of the house and does not have a porch to give any protection at all.
I do not want to do all of this and then be left with a wooden door that I am unable to open or close due to swelling of the wood.
This is a lovely door and it would be a shame to to admit defeat!