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Smashing Repairs

wood finishing

by Alan Noel
Professional Wood Finisher

I have experienced much frustration trying to patch little chips of missing veneer around the edges of tops and drawers where it is apt to come loose over time and therefore chip away.

Recently a friend gave me some tips for an easy and fast fix for these issues.

Here is the ten-step process he gave me:

  1. Be sure to first glue down any loose veneer that still exists in the area.
  2. Leave no glue in the area to be patched.
  3. Using the same species of veneer or solid stock, find the best grain match to the surrounding area.
  4. Cut out a piece just a bit larger than the area to be repaired.
  5. Completely coat the area with glue.
  6. Lay the patch in place and cover with wax paper.
  7. Place a block of wood that is larger than the patch over the paper and clap down tightly ensuring the patch is completely "smashed" into place.
  8. After the glue has dried, remove the block and paper.
  9. With a sharp chisel shave the patch smooth and then sand lightly.
  10. Wet with mineral spirits or naphtha to reveal the patch and match.

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

January 16   Finishing the Finish

January 23   French Polish Workshop

January 30   Wood Coloring Basics

February 20   French Polish Workshop

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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