I have a wooden fence door with a metal latch. As shown in the below picture, something happened recently that caused the metal latch piece (and some of the attached wood) to separate from the fence door.

I want to fix this because the separation makes latching the door difficult. What is the best way to repair this? Might applying wood glue, along with using a large clamp or vice to push the separating wood back into position, repair this?

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I would,

  • unscrew the latch and remove it,
  • apply wood glue under the broken piece,
  • clamp it and let it dry for an hour or two
  • drill some deep pilot holes through 95% of the thickness of the whole gate
  • reattach the latch with longer screws .

I would consider using bolts instead, with washers to spread the load on the far side.

  • Might also move the whole latch up or down an inch when re-installing it (both parts.)
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 3 '16 at 15:47
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    I would skip directly to step 5: longer screws. Glue has no place here. If longer screws don't do it, move on to bolts.
    – Mazura
    Aug 3 '16 at 18:10

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