Fixing a warped chest lid?


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I can see the pics, and they are unfortunate. All that elaborate carving makes many of the usual 'fixes' for such a problem impossible.

My suggestion would be to expose the lid to excessive humidity until it starts to move, then strap it tightly in place on the box and allow it to dry, in hopes it will retain flatness to match the box.

But that is a long shot.

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This is a long post but towards the bottom i show how i fixed a wrapped door with a brace and a wedge. The brace needs to connect to one of the higher or lifted corners and should help pull it back.

 

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This is a chest, probably used as a sea chest, from the 18th, and maybe even 17th Century.  The wood it is made of was all used up by the end of the 18th Century.  It's Santa Domingan Mahogany.  Just by measuring, and weighing, the specific gravity puts it right around 1.0, which is much denser, and heavier than other Mahoganies used since then, which are around .75.

The original hinges have almost been completely eroded away.  The second repair for hinges are Cooper's Nails, and the third are worn out cast iron hinges from the mid 19th Century.

The lid has some cup to it.  I don't dare try to do anything to it.  Our house is filled with antique furniture, but if it caught on fire, this would be the first thing I drag out.

 

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