How do I unstick a glass sliding curio cabinet door?

+8
Answered

Just bought a vintage display cabinet with sliding glass doors. Apparently only checked one door (my bad) as I’ve now found the other doesn’t open. Any suggestions on how to get it to slide open? The glass sits in a wood groove.

how do i unstick a glass sliding curio cabinet door
  11 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 19, 2022

    have you tried WD40? here are other ideas

    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/repair/furniture/q-how-do-i-fix-an-old-sliding-cabinet-door-44396525

    How do I fix an old sliding cabinet door?
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 19, 2022

    There is probably no hardware there for it to be able to move. If it is held in place by trim, tip the top of the door into the groove behind the top of the trim. Then push the bottom down into the groove behind the trim. That way you are relocating the door past the grooves.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jun 19, 2022

    Hi Heidi, there may have never been any hardware and the doors just bypassed each other, held in by grooves or small pieces of trim at the top and bottom. Try tilting the door up (into the groove or behind the trim). Push the bottom in and set it down into the bottom groove or behind the trim. Hope that makes sense.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 19, 2022

    Don't know if this will help but it is worth a try try pushing down on door that may compress the pin that should give you enough slack to slide the door.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 19, 2022

    A thin film of lubrication should be applied to the top and bottom of the door track. Tips: on vinyl door tracks, use a non-stick silicone lubricant. Instead of spray lubricant, use a hard wax like candle wax or beeswax if you have wood tracks

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 19, 2022

    My response does not address the difficulty in getting the doors to slide; but I would just like to share that once you do get the doors sliding smoothly again, if you find that you do not care for the shallow indentations, the small Command crystal knobs work well for these kind of glass doors. I have also found that the larger size are strong enough to operate sliding glass shower doors.


  • William William on Jun 19, 2022

    WD 40 or silicone lube

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 19, 2022

    Hi Heidi: Can you lift the front glass door up? It may go up enough to allow the bottom of the door to slip out of the groove. Then, try to do the same with the other door. If that doesn't work, look for a stop on one side of the door opening if you can't remove the doors by lifting. It's usually a piece of wood screwed or nailed to the side of the cabinet. Remove the screws with a screwdriver or pry off the stop with a hammer and flathead screwdriver, then slide the doors out. Sometimes the cabinet trim doubles as the door stop. If so, pry off whatever trim is necessary to remove the doors. Save the nails so you can put the trim back easily. Once they're out, clean the tracks well, using a toothbrush and vacuum cleaner. Then, use a hard wax such as candle wax or beeswax to keep them sliding great!


    Hope this helped

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 7 days ago

    Try using WD-40 on slide or furniture polish sprayed in!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law 6 days ago

    Check to make sure it is actually designed to move. My mother's cabinet is similar and there's one panel that doesn't open or move. If it is designed to move, spray with a white lithium grease on the hardware to loosen.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer 4 days ago

    The doors lift up to remove them I have that cabinet they do move the wood is probably swelled