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Whether we prefer to confess or otherwise, mistakes will occur. Knowing how you can repair them may make the difference in between a stressful construct and also a relaxed one. So in this trial (taped online), I'll reveal you several of one of the most typical mistakes as well as mistakes I encounter and the different methods I want to repair them.

What You'll Need
CA Glue – Cyanoacrylate is a quick-drying adhesive that makes it simple to re-attach small bits of wood. Made use of with a quick-set activator, it's an incredibly ally in the battle of fixings.

Wood Filler – While many people poo timber filler, there are just some problems that call for the stuff. Getting the ideal shade is the key as well as knowing a few tricks to offer the appearance of real wood is additionally a large help. Right stuff I like to use is Timbermate Wood Filler

Clothes Iron – In some cases the best solution is a little warm as well as wetness. A home decision help us heavy steam out damages and scratches.

Repairing Tearout With Filler.
Sometimes, a gnarly little bit of tearout is finest fixed with filler. A top quality filler that won't reduce and also accepts tarnish will certainly give you the most effective opportunity of a great suit. Since fillers are commonly colored to match the primary background shade of the timber, it could sometimes aid to use a tinted pencil to attract the missing wood grain. Though I just consider that for large/obvious repair works where the missing grain would be an eyesore.

Misplaced Mortise
A mortise is nothing greater than a big opening, so loading it with timber is generally the very best and also most reliable fix. Make certain to orient the grain to ensure that the repair service is in line with the grain of the workpiece. This supplies the best visual match and oftentimes makes the repair work almost invisible. Cut the fixing piece a bit longer than the dimension of the opening and also usage sandpaper to develop a mild taper at each end. This makes sure a wonderful tight fit at each end where the repair work is most likely to be most noticeable.

Repairing Chipout with Recovered Piece
Now and then, fortune smiles upon you as well as a chipped out item of timber is recuperated. This is a good idea because the piece will most likely nest right back right into setting without any noticeable spaces. So all you have to do is use a little CA glue as well as re-attach the item. As soon as the adhesive cures, sand the location completely as well as you need to have a virtually flawless solution.

Repairing Chipout with a Spot
When you can't locate the cracked out item (or it has actually been degenerated by the Woodworking Gods) and you do not intend to make use of filler, a patch is frequently the most ideal strategy. Considering that chipout/tearout is never ever a pretty view, you'll should function the damaged location with a strategy or sculpt to produce a flat location for the repair work. This is one situation where you actually have to make the problem larger for the greater good. When a good flat area is established, simply adhesive in a little scrap of timber utilizing CA glue. Airplane, saw, scrape, or sculpt away the excess supply and sand smooth.

Steaming Dents & Scratches
Blunt force injury is a common event in the wood store. Whether you drop a workpiece on the floor or something goes down onto the work surface, you'll frequently be faced with dents that are unfathomable to simply sand away. Luckily, damages are nothing greater than aggressively pressed fibers. Considering that timber fibers broaden with moisture, we can vapor the damages utilizing a wet towel and a family clothes iron. With a few seconds of therapy, the timber fibers broaden to fill the nicked locations. Naturally this will only work on shallow damages yet it could still be used to minimize the impact of deeper dents. The very same theory puts on scratches in solid timber and also plywood.

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  1. Most wood glues I know of clearly states to only apply to ONE surface.

    1. +Patrick Perry – I guess you better tell the people at Titebond that. They
      recommend putting glue on both surfaces.

    2. Thank you for showing us all how little you know!

    3. “gluing glue to glue” hahahahahaha please tell me how you could glue two
      things together without there being glue in the middle you idiot, maybe if
      you put glue on one side, let it dry, and then put glue on the other side.
      over thinking is exactly what your doing my friend

    4. +Captain Falcon – I would think most adults (those who tend not to call
      people “idiots” merely for their wood gluing technique) would understand
      what’s being said. “Glue to glue” merely means applying glue to both
      surfaces. Different types of glue have different recommendations. As
      mentioned above, Titebond recommends gluing both surfaces. Canadian
      Woodworking magazine explains that when using PVA glue, the recommendation
      is to apply glue to both surfaces so that it can sufficiently penetrate the
      wood cells on both sides before it chemically joins the two parts. If
      you’re working fast enough, you might forego applying glue to both sides if
      you then use clamps. Epoxy glue, on the other hand, behaves differently.

    5. I have always put a thin layer of glue on both surfaces as most wood glue
      manufacturers in the UK recommend. It ensures the glue is soaked up into
      the wood fibres on each piece more effectively.

  2. Gerard B du coudray

    Why not use a plastic tool to spread the filler compound… no rust and
    black spots on your nice, clear maple?

    1. The Wood Whisperer

      Because I don’t have a plastic tool. 🙂 And the black spots aren’t really a
      problem since they go away when I sand the filler. But point taken.

    2. The Wood Whisperer

  3. You got my sub just for the shirt!

  4. Who Said “You talking to me?”

  5. Haha this might come handy from time to time ;)

  6. Great video
    Just one little tip. If you want grainlines in your wood where you have
    used woodfiller, just bed some ribbons of woodshavings vertically into the
    woodfiller along the grain when the filler is still soft. Trim them off
    once it has dried with a craft knife and then When you sand, it will leave
    the grainlines in. It is more effective in darker woods and those woods
    with a more defined grain

    1. the first

  7. Looking at your shop, I can tell that you are the most beautiful woodworker
    in the shop. In the whole wide shop.

    1. Got it. The shirt. Very nicely done!

  8. “Where’d you get that?” “….the store” comedy gold~

  9. I see that you are using your wife’s iron. Thanks for the laugh

  10. Great video, I enjoyed watching :)

  11. I had a fire extinguisher fall on top of my TV Stand which created the same
    type of deep gouge you showed but 10x worse. I tried the water (which just
    soaked in instead of pool like your video showed) & iron thing you showed
    and now it is worse. The surface swelled and the gouge now is a hole. When
    the piece came off it looked like fiber almost like a cotton balls. I don’t
    know what to do. The surface is like a veneer or wood laminate so even if I
    cut it out and put a block of wood to repair I would not be able to match
    the veneer or wood laminate. since it swelled the veneer blistered so I
    cant even used it to re-cover new piece. What do I do now?

    1. Jeannie Ortiz you can try to cut out the bad part and glue a block in its
      place then veneer the whole top again. unfortunately the water / iron trick
      only works on solid woods. works like a charm on pine but have never tried
      hardwoods like oak.

    2. Actually I figured out what wood it is. It is compressed wood.. Really
      fiberous, after i did it. It was like paper. Gross! LOL. I am going to try
      the block of wood trick. Just don’t have tool like the type you have. I
      will see what I can do with what I have. Worse case I will Bondo it, then
      veneer it. LOL. Thanks for the help.

  12. your videos are so helpful…. thank you for taking time out of your life
    to help out the rest of us it is much appreciated

  13. when ever you have a bigger dent on some wood you and it doesn’t come out
    with water or Steam the first time, you can always cut the wood with the
    grain with a razor blade really small cuts open the wood back up and put
    more water and steam in there and that usually works. Then you can send it
    back down.

  14. Great video covering many ideas in one. I need a video on how to fix or
    prevent the gap I keep making when using a cabinet door router bit set. The
    gap is between the stub tenon and the groove. It’s like the cutter set
    isn’t sized equally, but I know thats not possible. Do yopu have a video on
    this or know of one ?

  15. OK, automatic thumbs up for the FOTC shirt.

  16. OMG I liked the video just because of your Tee Shirt. Chonchords? You rock
    :-)

  17. I needed this back when I was a kid destroying furniture 🙂 (Thanks too!)

  18. i should be doing homework idk what i’m even doing here LOL
    but great video!

  19. This is my Daughters picture but I sanded a table to deep in one spot how
    do I fix it.

  20. Great video thanks

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