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Simple Veneer Repairs

wood finishing

by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher



When restoring a piece of older veneered furniture, often the veneer will be slightly loose at the edges of the top, drawers or side panels. Very often small pieces will chip off or get lost in the stripping process which can be time consuming to fix. Here are some tips on a simple technique to fix these pesky problems in a hurry.

  1. Glue down all that is presently loose along the edge.
  2. Locate a piece of veneer of the same species and grain pattern that will cover the missing veneer.
  3. If you can't find a veneer scrap then use a piece of solid stock and slice off a thin piece to cover the area again matching the grain pattern as closely as possible.
  4. Now, without trying to reshape the missing area simple apply a little glue, white, yellow or hide into the void.
  5. Place the patch in place and clamp with wax paper over the patch, followed with a block of soft wood and a good amount of pressure.
  6. Let glue dry and then using a sharp chisel, gently shave away the waste.
  7. When you are very close to having the patch completely flat, use 220 or 320 paper with a block to sand the rest of the waste away revealing a very nice patch that is virtually invisible.
  8. If you have trouble matching the patch, wet both the patch material and the surrounding area to be replaced to see the grain pattern more easily.
  9. Be sure to use enough pressure to force the patch into the void.
  10. When all is done, wet the area again, stand back and admire your work!



Visiting Atlanta? Attend one of Alan's upcoming highly informative Highland Woodworking wood finishing seminars:


Antique Restoration, June 25-26, 2011

French Polish Workshop, July 13, 2011

Visit Highland Woodworking's Online
Wood Finishing Supplies Department




Alan can be reached directly via email c/o Alan Noel Furniture Refinishing at anoelfurniturere@bellsouth.net.


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