I bought a full metal cupboard but the leg got bent during delivery. Because the leg is bent the door won't close. I tried to get it back in place with a hammer with no success. Anybody got any ideas?
Looks as if the bottom corner of the door is hitting frame. If heating doesn't work maybe grinding some of the corner down will allow it to close.– ojaitDec 22, 2020 at 3:00
1I’m voting to close this question because it's not about home improvement as defined by this site– AckDec 22, 2020 at 6:11
7@Ack - metalworking should be after "Carpentry and woodworking." IMO. It's not a hobby project. "Questions regarding small appliances" are off topic, but that's so people don't ask us how to use a toaster. This is what tool, how to use it, and where.– MazuraDec 22, 2020 at 6:33
9Before you try to fix this yourself, have you made sure you can't return this to sender? I'm not sure about your local laws and regulations, but over here if something is damaged during delivery, you can return it. Trying to fix it yourself may void that warranty though.– TinkeringbellDec 22, 2020 at 11:08
Nice cabinet by the way. I'm guessing it's a ferrous metal and if you hold a magnet to it the magnet is attracted to the metal. If so get your self a Mapp gas tank and a swirl-type torch. Heat the bent metal until it turns a dull red. Move the torch across the buckled area keeping the metal hot. Now with a smooth-face hammer (any style, 20-24 oz is best) begin tapping the bent metal back into shape. Start with light blows until you get a sense of how the metal is reacting to the hammer strikes. Re-heat as necessary.
If the metal is solid and not a tube you will need to apply heat for awhile. If you find the metal isn't moving under the hammer strikes heat it to a bright red or orange color. It may be easier to turn the cabinet on it's side or top to facilitate the pounding. Wear heavy gloves, eye protection and have a bucket of water close by.
it appears that there is some kind of finish on the metal ... ? Not sure how the OP will get the finish to match after heating as you’re suggesting ... brilliant idea and instructions nonetheless. Dec 22, 2020 at 3:05
1flat black paint. distressed with sand paper afterwards if necessary. or a Sharpie. Blow torch or go home, +1– MazuraDec 22, 2020 at 6:23
Assuming that the bent part is actually a square hollow tube and that the foot is open:
- Lay the cupboard on the ground with the bent leg horizontal and on top - i.e., if we're looking at the right side front leg, lay the cupboard either on the back or the left side.
- Get a metal bar slightly smaller than the inside of the leg. A piece of rebar might fit. You want something as strong as possible (without costing a fortune...) and at least a few feet long because this is all about leverage.
- Insert the bar into the leg just up to the bend (i.e., approximately where the crosspiece is welded to the leg).
- Bend hard!
- As you gradually get it bent back into shape, slide the bar farther into the leg and repeat.
You may need some helpers to hold the cupboard steady as you bend the leg, but if you can place one side of the cupboard against a brick wall (or similar) and brace yourself appropriately then you may be able to do this by yourself.
7Really good idea but you're going to have to be very careful that as you bend it you don't break the weld where it attaches to the frame. Maybe a strong vise clamp can be applied up near the hinge.– HoneyDoDec 22, 2020 at 4:11
There is good information given on how to bend steel tubing.
The door won't close because the door frame is bent, not just the leg.
Here's a drawing to illustrate the issue.
It is one thing to get the leg straight - it's another thing to get the door to fit in the frame.
You'll need to straighten both the frame and the leg.
Using a square do an analysis of everything that should be square and straight to establish a base line before you start bending. The key to success is knowing what is messed up so that you can bend a little and check to evaluate progress then bend a little more. It may be that the impact to the bottom corner of the cabinet skewed the others corners as well.
Remove the door, if possible (and anything else that gets in the way of working on the cabinet) and then follow the bending instructions given in the other answers. As you bend you'll need to bend both the leg and the frame. Use your square often as you bend so that you check your progress.
Keep an eye on all four corners of the door frame as you bend. You need four 90 degree angles to get the door to shut well.
Metalmongery isn't something I've developed skills for, so my inclination would be to avoid glowing redness, loud clanging, and the likelihood of cracked welds by my hammed fists.
I'd consider making a square cut at the top of the bent portion of the frame and removing that bit. Fit a new section of box tube using an interior insert and metal-impregnated epoxy (JB Weld). You wouldn't want to rely on the epoxy for bending force, so you'd need angle or tubing fit well inside the joint. Ideally you'd connect the horizontal tube that way, too, with a hole into the new leg section. Apply epoxy liberally to all connections and let it cure well, then sand and paint.
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