Hello again, I have this tall clock (my grand-aunt's) that I've been putting off until I get more repairs under my belt. I've been eyeballing the case; and while it's mostly in decent shape for its many years of life, it does have this very annoying door: I've been struggling to figure out how to fix this thing and so far nothing short of slicing the front off, straightening the back with a plane (by hand, of cuss), and gluing the "slightly thicker than normal veneer" that is the front piece back on. That's very risky to the real veneer, though. Or so I would think. It seems to me that the piece wouldn't respond well to the steam treatment. Even setting aside fro a moment how to steam a 33x7-1/4" slab of lumber like this -- and the veneer would surely peel off in that treatment -- it just doesn't seem like the solution, either. Scenario II-b might be that the veneer does peel off intact and then I just plane out the twist on what's left and replace the veneer. Ugh. I can't imagine that ever turning out looking right. I'm also not sure that this is the original shellac. I don't think so... hm. Experiment: So here's the back side of the door. This is the lock mechanism. Whoever *ahem* "painted" it last got a bunch on this lock. Let's see if alcohol touches it: Alas, from this picture it does not. So I moved on to a corner on the inside of the door. The circle is where I rubbed the alcohol-laden swab pretty vigorously for about 15s. If it were shellac, it would have come off on the swab. It ain't shellac. Not even close. It would be just like my grand-aunt to give this to one of the local townsfolk to be refishished and they used -- I dunno, "varnish"? I think I'll repeat the experiment with other solvents. Something surely cuts this. If not, then someone knew about polyurethane back in the sixties and used it. I think she got this clock in the fifties, but I'm not sure. They may have had it refinished when they bought it. Sadly. If it is poly, then no amount of steam is gonna do anything unless I strip the door first. Can you strip poly from veneer?? Here are a few more pictures of the door. There are a couple sighted down each edge that show there's no warp to it: just the annoying twist.