Fixing Cracks in Wooden Furniture

Used furniture can present cracks. It is unsightly, but easily fixed. Follow these instructions to repair the antique or favorite table, shelf, chair, and more.

Build a Base

Typically, it is better to apply filler materials in slim coatings. The movement of the wood and other factors will crack the filler that has been applied to thick. In order to minimize the quantity of the filler that the crack needs, glue some wood into the crack first. Regular shavings are very versatile when it is used for wood packing. Thick curls can be used that match the wood that needs repaired. Glue those into the crack. If the curls protrude out of the crack, glue can be used to glue them back inside. Alternate layers of shaving that include glue and shavings that do not have glue. Take the same glue and dribble it on top of the crack. It will need to run through the gaps. Once the glue is dry, tri the shavings so the edges are flush with the edge or surface of the wood being repaired.

Top Off with Filler

In order to repair the irregularities after the crack has been sanded, add some wood filler. In order to create the filler, use epoxy wood rebuilder. If different filler is preferred, that is alright to do. Use a flexible plastic applicator in order to spread a layer of filler over the crack and the surrounding section of the wood being repaired. If there is an old kitchen spatula or an expired credit or debit card available, then that will work just fine as a plastic applicator. When the filler has cured, sand the surface until it is smooth. Use 100 grit sand papers and feather it into the adjacent wood. The last step is to block sand with grits of 150-320. It will leave the surface perfect for staining.

Other Quick Crack Fixes for Furniture

Wood putty is a thick paste that is spread into cracks and holes using a putty knife. It is a great way to get rid of holes and cracks if the furniture is not going to move a lot. Paint is able to be used over the putty in order to show the appearance as if tit was never there. Another easy fix is to use a wax stick. They resemble crayons. They are made in different colors in order to match a variety of different types of materials and woods.

There are also shellac sticks that can be used. They come in numerous color choices and are extremely easy to use. It is a natural material. It has low toxicity due to being made from beetle excretions. They are melted with a soldering iron and dripped into the crack or imperfection. It is them pressed down like a putty knife for a chisel. Then wait for it to dry. When it is dry, it is scraped to be flush with the surface. The options are not limited to what is listed. These are inexpensive options that can be utilized on multiple types of furniture.