I have a kitchen cabinet door which has a raised center panel which has split along the grain. The crack runs the length of the panel and is probably just wide enough to pass a piece of paper through. It seems clear to me that the cabinet is made of 5 pieces (four edges with the 5th panel in the middle) all glued up. Similar to this
I believe that if I can take the cabinet apart, I can glue the two pieces of the panel back together and reassemble. Problem is, I don’t know how to take it apart without destroying it. The center panel is NOT free to move, so it doesn’t seem possible to squeeze the two pieces together while still in the frame. Of course, if someone knows a way to do that I am all ears.
The cabinets are stained, not painted, so simply filling the crack won’t work unless there is a product that will take the stain and not stand out- I’m open to that approach if there is a good product for it.
I recognize that disassembly will likely result in sanding and refinishing, and I am OK with that. I have successfully refinished most of the other cabinet doors and have put the cracked one off to last since I didn’t know what to do.
I did try ordering a replacement from Rockler, and while the new one is close it just isn’t close enough that it won’t stand out just as much as the crack.
I am not much of a carpenter, and I don’t happen to have any friends who are accomplished woodworkers, so I turn to the collective wisdom of the dope.