June 25, 2022

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Woodworking Techniques to Replace Damaged Wood in Furniture – Wood Repair Level 3 Skill

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In a blog post on our website, I’ve described the skill levels used in the furniture repair industry. This is broken into 4 groups; Finish Repair, Wood Repair, Woodworking Repair, and Upholstery Repair. In this video, I show some of the more difficult aspects to repair damaged wood using woodworking techniques.

Blog Post – https://woodenitbenice.ca/blogs/learn-woodworking/furniture-repair-skill-levels

There are cases where wood can be filled with a wood filler, but when there are pieces of wood missing or damaged, it’s best to patch in a new piece of wood. This requires woodworking experience and woodworking tools. Here’s how to repair that damaged wood:

The first step is to make a flat surface on the part that needs to be patched. It’s best to use a miter saw or table saw to get a perfectly machined cut. A flat cut is important to ensure a strong glue bond and to conceal the seam where the new piece of wood is attached. Using a hand plane or a chisel could cause some variation in the surface that compromised the glue integrity and ability to hide the patch.

The next step is to find a matching piece of wood. You want to use the same wood species (e.g., oak, walnut, maple, etc.) with similar colour and a similar grain pattern. Glue the patch in place using PVA (i.e., carpenter’s glue) and clamp it in place. In cases where there may be a pocket or void behind part of the patch, use epoxy as it will bond properly where PVA won’t.

Once the glue has fully cured, you can shape the patch to match the furniture part your working on. I use the miter saw and table saw to remove the bulk of the waste, the fine tune the parts with a hand plane and a cabinet scraper.

If there is joinery to cut, such as the mortices in this repair, lay them out and cut them to fit. The last step is to apply a matching finish, which is a whole different furniture repair skill to learn. I hope you found this helpful.

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This video is hosted by Scott Bennett, Owner of Wooden It Be Nice – Furniture Repair in Brooklin, Ontario, Canada. https://WoodenItBeNice.ca

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