Questions tagged [wood-repair]

Fixing items made from wood that has been damaged in some way, shape or form.

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Unremovable white powdery residue after wet sanding wood

I'm new to woodworking and know very little, so apologies if this is an extremely basic question or I'm doing something completely wrong. Recently I've tried to sand away a few imperfections on a ...
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How to take care of an antique wood cabinet

I have an antique cabinet that my grandfather built decades ago and I want to preserve it. I don't think he has done anything to preserve the wood so I should probably do some work on it. I would ...
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How do I repair winter/water damage and protect against future weathering problems?

Last year, I built my first piece of outdoor live-edge furniture: What are the potential issues with this bench design? and What should be done to treat decorative wood for outdoor use?. I expected ...
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I made a pepper mill. the top is not concentric with the bottom. How do I correct this?

The mill is rough turned to 2 3/8 inch diameter. I drilled the hole for the body first, then parted the top and drilled the top for the shaft. When I put the top tenon into the bottom hole there is ...
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Barrister bookcase needs help

I am looking for some direction about some love I can give to a barrister bookcase I found for dirt cheap. It has some loss at a corner and bottom and I'm thinking it may be best to buy new (real) ...
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What is the correct size screw of a 8.3mm countersink bit

The screws I have are 10g..does this countersink bit work or should I refund and what is the correct size countersink bit
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Removing a chemical or food stain on oiled wood table

I made a kitchen table from oak wood, and oiled the surface. It's a great looking piece and I'm very proud of it. Yesterday I must have stained it with a cleaning product, I unfortunately do not know, ...
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Chopstick repair?

I have a nice pair of custom red wooden (cedar maybe?) chopsticks I took home as a gift from an event last year and about one inch completely broke off of one. I have both pieces, as it was a clean ...
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Stabilizing wobbly hardwood table

Our beautiful old table has taken some damage the last two times we moved. As a result its legs are now somewhat wobbly. It is a teak table and it is entirely held together by wooden pins. I intend ...
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Can this end-grain cutting board be saved?

I bought this 15x20x4" maple board for my husband to hack up meat & bones for our dogs. It's been on the granite counter, near our Berkey (water filter), except for cleaning. When I filled the ...
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Fixing table crack and ridge

I have a 5' square dining table made of teak. The tabletop appears to be made of glued-together boards 3" - 5" wide. A couple of these boards have come apart, and now I have a gap almost 1/8" running ...
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How to fix fix/repair a board that has minor planer snipe?

I got a new planer and ran a board through it without properly leveling it first. This board now has minor planer snipe on each end. (No more than 1/8th or even 1/16th inch) I've since properly ...
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Difficulty level in restoring wood bench?

For a while I've been looking for someone to restore the furniture in the picture. Without the caning, the cheapest I found was $350. They would take the furniture apart, sand and repaint, and then ...
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How to keep frat bench from racking (photos)

The slanted 72 inch boards are not screwed into anything, but I would like to add them to keep the bench strong side to side. I don't want to screw into the back bottom joint as it already has 4 ...
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How can I distinguish between mold or wear in teak?

I was given a teak patio set that has some damage that I cannot identify as mold or wear. In either case I don’t know how to fix it. I’ve read a bunch of articles about how to clean with a ...
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Remove old oil stains from oak table before refinishing

I've bought an oak table to give it a second life as our dining table, our plan is to refinish it with (hardwax) oil. It was quite stained and originally treated with some kind of oil. So my ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

From time to time I get hold of a piece of a salvaged wood stock that has been previously finished. If it is a good species, I would like to reuse it, but have always been concerned about removing ...
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Finding dents before the finish

I am currently in the process of sanding and then repainting all the doors in my house. Before I started sanding (the doors were white) it was quite easy to find tiny dents/holes or other ...
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Repair split wood at hinge on blanket chest?

I'm looking for some advice. I am refinishing a gorgeous blanket chest but the wood has split at one of the hinges. It seems a previous owner may have tried to repair it, but it is not solid. The ...
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Are lacquer re-coats supposed to dissolve/remove pinhole bubbles?

I am brushing lacquer on 50 small walnut plates. My first coats were a bit of a learning curve and I had produced some small bubbles. My understanding is that new coats of lacquer will dissolve into ...
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How to fix white splotches on pine from wood filler?

total newbie here. First wood project is turning a live edge piece of pine into a kitchen island, but I think I've run into a problem. I wanted to fill holes with this wood filler, but I covered ...
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What is Old English Scratch Cover?

Seems like a basic question but I haven't really been able to find the answer anywhere. I understand that it's used to restore scratched up wood... I've seen pictures and videos of it in use. But what ...
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How Much Weight Can a 1inch x 11inch Dowel Hold/Support?

I am asking about the 6416U 1 in. x 1 in. x 48 in. Hardwood Round Dowel they sell at Home Depot. I plan to join 3 4x4s and use the middle one as a swivel, the middle one will be under load and the 2 ...
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Hand planing punky wood

I have some spalted punky wood blanks I'm turning into a stool seat. How do I stabilise it so it won't tear out during hand planing? It's to big for ca glue, if i use a wood hardener can I then plane ...
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How to prevent epoxy from running out of wood voids

I'm building a pair of 3-drawer nightstands and using a slab of cypress for the drawer faces. The final pour of epoxy started out fine, just "proud" of the surface in the major voids, but ...
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How to fill in holes and gaps after applying polyurethane

I'm finishing a very rough piece of scrap wood for use as a tabletop and to practice applying polyurethane. I've since found that the holes and gaps aren't really "filled" by the material and that I ...
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Repairing small crack in cutting board

Yesterday I noticed a small crack (about 2 cm long) in my cutting board. I'm not sure what happened since I frequently oil my board with mineral oil. Also note that the split is not on a glue line. ...
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Staining pine table top how can I get rid of this spot

How can I get rid of this spot? I sanded and thought I had gotten rid of it. I did not use mineral spirits before applying stain. Any idea on how to get this spot to darken?
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How do I fix this part of my desk?

I got this desk from a friend that rescued it from the dump. There's a lot of rescue efforts that I'm putting into it. Not the least is fixing the finish that's totally gross. I started scraping the ...
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How to be sure that there are no live woodworms in my oak boards?

I discovered few 10-15 holes on one of my oak plans I use to build a table. How can I assure that there are no worm left alive to ruin my future table. I cannot plane them.
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Sun damaged polyurethane-finished dining table

So I have this Italian made marquetry dining table which has a polyurethane finish. I acquired this as a used item and I noticed after purchase that in the light I can see streaked areas where it has ...
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Why is clear epoxy not often used to fill cracks in live edge slabs?

I've worked with a few live edge slabs in the past, but the one I have now is the first one with a sizable crack. I don't like the look of butterfly keys, and I don't believe that this crack needs ...
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Is there a practical way to cut off a piece of a live edge slab, and then seamlessly rejoin it?

As mentioned in other questions I've posted, I'm building a memorial bench for my mother, who recently passed away. I would like to have some poetic stanzas inscribed on the seatback on either side, ...
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Flattening Warped Table Leaf

We bought an old oak table that came with 2 leaves each 2' x 5' x 1". One is bowed slightly on one end. Is there a way to flatten that end?
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Is this reclaimed wood repairable?

There is a large chunk missing from this dining table and I'm worried it is unrepairable. If it can't be repaired, could you explain why?
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How to repair the edges of a plywood

I can't find the words for my problems. But this is the ply I want to repair. I want to make a rack using brackets.
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Door repairable?

Friend got a little rough original doors would like to repair lost some slivers of wood, what do you think? Thanks
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White spots on ash wood

I'd just sanded down the lacquer from my guitar, which worked pretty well. After a control of the surface I saw some white rough spots as you can see in the following pictures: As far as I know it's ...
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Fixing small knot hole in pine — compatible with oil finish

I wish to patch/fill a knot hole in a pine panel at a jointed edge. The hole is only a few mm deep. I don't think doing a sawdust + epoxy/shellac/glue filler will sit well with an oil finish, and I've ...
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moisture after first layer of stain.. now what?

my question is about how to save my table!!! Im doing my first project. I sanded the table yesterday, applied pre-stain/ conditioner and then my first layer of stain. I went to check it to see if it ...
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To Resin or Not To Resin (Cracked Gum Wood)

I have the slab shown in the pics below. During the drying/curing process it developed many micro cracks a few larger (some through-slab) cracks. These cracks exist on both the main surfaces and on ...
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Fixing splintered wood on a curved surface

I received this 1926 La Vincdora Singer sewing machine in the mail a few days ago. It was sent to me in pristine condition so I have filed a claim. My question is. Is it possible to fix these areas ...
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How could I repair this crack?

I have an antique wooden box which has a nasty crack in it. There is a very dark brown material that seems to form the background of the image and which I would need to fill the crack (I think). Here ...
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How to get writing out of a soft wood desk top

I recently purchased a beautiful office desk made from a soft wood. Before I could set up proper safeguards, my son laid down a piece of paper and went to writing -- and pressed all of his words into ...
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Is this a good approach to fixing damaged mdf holes along the edge?

Please note that I tried to break this question up into three relevant sections, separated by the large headers Here's what happened to the cabinet I was moving an empty wood file cabinet down some ...
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Best approach for this broken chair leg

A close friend called me for help with a busted chair leg. I hadn't seen it, but figured I'd probably be considering a good wood glue and some dowels inserted in angled holes to reinforce the thing. ...
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Strategy for Restoring an Old Rocking Chair?

I'm planning on restoring an old rocking chair that has anchors holding it vertically from the sides on horizontal beams, and the beams are air nailed from the bottom. Recently, one of the anchors ...
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Reinforcing/repairing a soundboard

So essentially I was making a bowed lyre (jouhikko/tagelharpa), which requires a thin spruce soundboard. I am going to make it by gluing three boards together as shown in this YouTube video: https://...
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Extending oak drawer runners

I've got a large oak chest of drawers I got a pretty good deal on a long time ago. But one of the drawers is always getting stuck, it slips off the side of the runner shown below. It then needs ...
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How should I fix a broken chair stringer?

This part of the chair was damaged during shipping and I was wondering if it would be safe to glue together. The part on the left is a leg and the horizontal bar on the right supports the front of ...