Questions tagged [wood-repair]

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

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Fixing a cracked breadboard tabletop

Over a decade ago, my father made a breadboard-style kitchen table for my mother and I have since inherited the table. It was his first (and only) table of that style and so the breadboard joinery ...
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Is unfinished pine colour loss due to steaming permanent?

I have an unfinished pine bed frame, which is very susceptible to dents and marks. I recently steamed a minor toenail dent out of one of horizontal panels. I did this by dipping a microfibre cloth in ...
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How to fix warped wood in cane chair hiding weaving

I've taken on some simple restoration projects in the past with some success (to me anyway) and I have a new one that I'd like to take on. I was given a cane chair that has been sitting in the ...
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Proper way to re-oil a wood swim deck?

I’ve had the swim deck pictured below on my boat for a few summers now and the finish is getting pretty faded. I bought some teak oil to re-oil (right term?) it, but I’m unsure if I should just apply ...
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Best way to fix broken wooden pendant?

I have a small carved wooden pendant of an owl with its wings outspread, unfortunately one of the wings snapped off in a clean break. What's the best way to put it back together without worrying that ...
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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 no ...
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How do I disassemble this metal sliding-interlocking fastener on this chair?

I've recently got two lovely wooden chairs, and I wanted to disassemble them to fix their wobble issues and to revamp some dings that the wood in the wood. I'm stuck on figuring out how to detach ...
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Options for repairing this children's staircase?

We recently acquired a children's castle that was custom made originally. It seems to be completely made of MDF. The stairs are only held together by nails and they are coming apart in certain ...
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How do I keep my folding bed side rail up?

I have made a platform bed with protruding bedrails. (All 3 sides except headboard side) I have made them foldable by placing hinges between bedrail and bedframe. So it flips up and comes down at 90 ...
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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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Help with cracks in spalted maple

I'm making a spalted manitoba maple dining table. It ranges from 5 to 11 percent moisture so pretty dry. Each slab is 5 1/2 feet long 2 1/2 inches thick and between 20 and 21 inches wide. Now to the ...
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Repairing a damaged chair frame

I have a few novice questions about repairing a wooden frame for a chair (upholstered recliner type, not a kitchen chair although it does not recline) that arrived damaged. Two of the corner pieces ...
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How to re-do the treehouse support which is failing

So I built the treehouse with plans from a book and after about eight years one of the support beams is bent and some of the joins have come apart. The plans called for using nails but like adumbass I ...
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Screws back into a splitting pole

The pole in this image holds up a regular mail box. You can see where the 4 screw holes are. This pole is cemented into the ground and has been untreated for over 10 years. This is in Phoenix Arizona ...
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Repairing splintering line in 115 year old pinewood floor

We are renovating the hallway floors in my old apartment, and am running into a splintery patch I am not sure how to deal with appropriately. The floor boards are pine, 115 years old, about 30 cm (12&...
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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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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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Can you fill cracks in the side of a live edge slab

I have a couple of live edge slabs I was planning on making into live edge end tables but I'm wondering what to do with the cracks in the side - if anything can be done at all. Could I fill them with ...
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How to repair broken spindles on chair?

I have a chair that had it's back broken off (both stiles and two spindles, pic below). Everything broke just above the seat. It's no loss to us if it cannot be fixed, but I enjoy repairing things. ...
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Marquetry pictures

I have 2 old (?100 years) marquetry pictures where the wood is drying out. Many years ago I applied linseed oil but this darkened the pictures. Is there something I can use to prevent this drying out ...
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Killing Borer in Wooden Coasters

Sorry if this question already has an answer somewhere, I couldn't find it online or within this community. As my first foray into woodworking, I'm making relatively simple wooden coasters from red ...
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Repairing a half lap joint in table leg x-bracing

I want to repair the bottom cross bracing that runs between the legs of an oak table, pictured here. Some unknown number of years ago, the top piece sheared off at the half lap joint and pulled out ...
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Replacing cutout in oriented-strand board (OSB)

I cut out a small 4" x 5" piece of oriented-strand board out of a wall. I saved this cut out piece so I can re-attach it. When I put the piece back in the hole I cut, what do I use to re-...
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Peppermint oil damaged table finish

Recently I put a cup that had a bit of peppermint oil on the bottom of it on my table. It must have dissolved and adhered the finish because the cup was firmly stuck to the table. After removing it, ...
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Restoring old oak chair but at a loss for something I've never seen

I am trying to restore an old oak chair that was given to me by my mother. It was my great grandfather's and is probably 120-140 yrs old. At the front of the chair seat there is a long ~3/8ths slit, ...
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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 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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How to remove and repair a crooked desk leg?

Apologies if I break any rules with this post, please let me know if I do. I am an utter novice when it comes to woodworking but I want to get into it as soon as I have the time/money and I decided a ...
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How to repair a warped kitchen tabletop?

I guess that over the years I (ab)used this 1¼-inch-thick kitchen table top, by, for example, not using place-mats. The finish was initially extremely good. I palm-of-hand applied the varnish (which ...
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Will a 4x4 be suitable?

I am working on a project that has three 2x12’s supporting a load of 12,000 lbs. similar, but not exactly, to how joists support a house. The 2x12’s are supporting about 6,000 lbs. on each end. The ...
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How do I repair chipboard for screws?

The bracket in the first image is holding a frame onto the bottom of a (Stiga) table tennis table. The other one (and some others) have broken off the table. I need to repair the chipboard as shown in ...
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Filling screw holes in cutting board

I took the legs off a cutting board because I want to use both sides of it. That has left four screw holes about 5mm (0.2") in diameter. Would it be OK to fill these holes with Titebond III glue ...
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Can I un-warp a warped bed post?

I have a decorative post from a piece of furniture which has become warped -- the top has moved by something like 2 inches, at the top of a ~3foot long tapered and carved post segment. It is finished ...
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Remove and replace inset wooden handle

I have acquired a Danish vintage teak sideboard with distinctive inset wooden handles that the designer used on a range of pieces. Unfortunately, one of the handles has been damaged over the years and ...
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Advice for repairing shaped glass cabinet doors

Background: I am upcycling a glass display cabinet and have found one of the doors has glass that was broken/cracked so I decided to investigate removing all of the glass from this door and think ...
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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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How to prevent wood checking and how to save already checked piece? [duplicate]

A branch fell off a walnut tree and I cut a section to turn into a bowl or something, because the grain is beautiful. I thought it might age better if I removed the bark, so I did that, but other than ...
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How to restore small whiskey barrel?

I was gifted a small barrel, maybe a half gallon (guessing) in volume, pictured below. I let it sit for too long, I guess, and now there are gaps between all the staves. I read somewhere that you ...
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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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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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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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What dissolves/liquefies each of the popular furniture paints?

This question is related to my earlier question. I was reading elsewhere in this forum and found a question asking how to determine what finish had been applied to an old furniture item. @LeeG ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...