Repairing squirrel damaged cabinet doors

Tree dwelling vermin (a.k.a. squirrels) continue to cause damage from time to time at my parents Amogla camp. In this case, a squirrel had made its way into the bathroom vanity through the cottage floor. The cabinet doors were closed so the squirrel gnawed its way through from the inside. I didn't want to make a new set of doors!

So, much like I did for this drawer, I cut off the gnawed pieces and made a new section.

I carefully put the doors upright on the table saw to make the square cuts.

I made blocks of wood to fit in the cut-outs.

Here, I'm tracing the profile of the moulding onto the block.

I cut the moulding shape on the piece upright on the bandsaw. I clamped the workpiece to a larger piece to make sure it stayed vertical, especially because the insert near the blade on this bandsaw isn't that level.

I used the same procedure to cut the profile on the bottom edge. Here's checking the fit. I tweaked the profile a bit with a chisel and sandpaper.

Gluing the pieces on. For the second one, I just glued it with one clamp diagonally because there weren't enough long quick-grip clamps in my dad's shop.

After the glue dried, I pre-drilled some holes and put some 2 1/4" (80 mm) long nails in for good measure, just in case the glue might fail.

I also figured, if another squirrel tried to gnaw it's way through there, it would be in for a nasty surprise!

Finished repair. Once varnish is on it, it will blend in a bit better.

All done. Another project in my dad's shop.

I posted this picture on the facebook page and it got a lot of "likes", so I figured, might as well include the picture here.

See also

Smashed deck repair
Building a better
mouse trap
video surveilance

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