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How to Fix A Crack In Wood Furniture

How to Fix A Crack In Wood Furniture

Shrinking causes fissures in dry wood. Wood cracks are unavoidable and must be corrected. Damages may be mended with wood putty and add character. There’s a significant difference between WOOD AND TIMBER furniture. All timbers are made of wood, as wood is only the term. Softwood and hardwood are the two primary types of timber, whereas engineered wood, hardwood, and softwood are the three types of wood.

Cracked wood is unsightly, but several products may restore it. Larger ones, especially along the wood’s edge, may be unattractive and harm your project. Larger cracks are often repaired by cutting off the damaged region and gluing the wood back together.

Inlay a bow tie into the furniture to cover the crack and highlight the wood’s beauty. Wood filler sticks, often called wood putty, may repair major cracks in unstained interior wood. Wood glue and sawdust can be used to fix minor furniture flaws. When working outside, use epoxy for more significant gaps. After blending and sanding the repair, no one will notice the damage.

How to repair cracks in furniture?

Beautiful hardwood furniture can develop cracks or gouges over time, regardless of whether you have children or pets. Can you suggest a solution? Does it seem like something you could fix on your own? Sure, you can! Do-it-yourself can choose from a wide variety of approaches. Here are several options for mending the broken pieces of furniture to blend back in with the rest of the work.

Supplies Needed

  1. Shellac or wood-toned putty sticks.
  2. The deep gouges in the wood can be filled with wood filler or wood plastic.
  3. Epoxy. Painter’s tape, a sander, a plastic cup, a respirator mask, and a spoon are all required when working with epoxy.
  4. A modified version of traditional water putty.
  5. Restore worn furniture with oil or a new stain.
  6. Knife for crafting, and possibly a plastic spreader.
  7. Sandpaper in three different grits (100, 150, and 320).
  8. Steel wool 0000 grit
  9. A painter’s tool
  10. Sizes of metal palette knives
  11. Glue for woodworking
  12. Sawdust, wood chips, or wood shavings. (Used for massive fissures.)

Step One: Stock Up on Resources

It’s essential to have all the necessary tools on hand before beginning damage repairs.

Matching: It’s essential to choose putty, shellac, oil, or stain that closely matches the color of the furniture you’re fixing. If not, the patch might be excessively dark or too bright and draw more attention to itself than the injury did.

Matching tips:

Home improvement companies and internet retailers sell Finisher’s color wheels. Compare the Wheel’s colors to those of damaged furniture. They were mixing pigments. Aligned Finisher inner and outer wheels show which colors created pigment. Lighten up. Easy-to-darken stain slowly fades. Finisher’s Wheel beats store-bought stains.

Check consistency on a scrap of sanded wood. Regular stirring prevents pigment set. Under the same light, examine the test stain and damaged color. Light affects how stains look. Analyze dry samples. What looks good wet may dry differently. Check a topcoat sample for color change. Clearcoat modifies stain color. Shellac stains amber.

Pre-coloring wood filler is ideal. Acrylic paint matches fillers. Match the plug or sawdust-and-wood-glue combination to the repaired wood. Wood-tone putty sticks, Shellac sticks, wood filler or plastic, sandpaper, and steel wool can patch small holes. Wood filler or wood plastic, oil or stain, craft knife or plastic applicator, fine-grit sandpaper, sawdust, artist’s brush, carpenters glue steel wool.

Step Two: Prepare the Damaged Area

Carefully remove any loose or jagged pieces of wood from the crack or gouge using the tip of a craft knife. You should set aside any wood shavings or sawdust for later use, but the damage restoration method depends on what you want. If the gouge or crack is tiny, you may be able to skip over this step altogether.

Step Three:

Before Sanding, Wood Filler

Small Cracks: Before sanding, apply wood filler. A wood-tone putty stick should work for tiny staples or nail holes. Mixing putty sticks might help match the wood. Wipe a putty stick across the gap and smooth it with your finger. If you wish to refinish the furniture, let the putty cure for a week.

Glue and shavings: Check the sawdust color before filling a fissure with sawdust and wood glue. Fill the aperture with wood glue. A syringe may be better than the wood glue bottle’s tip for minor cracks. Dry overnight or per glue’s instructions. Repeat this step if the adhesive has sunk or the fracture remains. Once satisfied, grind the filled damage with fine-grit sandpaper until smooth. If desired, match.

Large Cracks:

Unfinished or finished wood can be utilized. Larger cracks are easy to fix with wood filler and water putty. Wood filler and water putty can be colored with oil or water stains. Before applying wood filler and water putty, test a tiny area of the damaged wood or scrap that matches the wood, texture, and color of the furniture you are preparing. This guarantees the patch isn’t darker than the mended wood and more evident than the damage.

How to Use Wood Filler

First, clean the wood crack. Press the plastic in with a craft knife or applicator. Firmly press, leaving it slightly elevated. Wood filler shrinks as it dries, so use more than you think.

Dry filler for two days. Smooth the filler with fine-grit sandpaper, then buff it with steel wool—Feather the edges of the damage to match the surrounding finish. If needed, stain the patch, rub it with steel wool, then apply a matching finish with an artist’s brush.

Let the finish dry, buff it again, then wax or shine as usual.

Build a base of shavings

Thin fillers are best. Wood movement and other difficulties might shatter hefty filling. First, we glued wood into the fracture and then reduced the fill. Plane shavings packed wood effectively, as shown below. We block-planed thick walnut curls to match the table’s finish, then wet and dried them flat under weights.

Shavings are a filler—knife slices. Knife crack cut and sanded. The curls weren’t completely flat but straight enough to glue. We alternated glue-coated and uncoated shavings, then dribbled glue over the board. After the glue dried, we cut the shavings flush with the table. Repair and surrounding area were sanded using 100-grit paper.

Top it off with wood filler

We were sanding the restored area revealing surface imperfections. We used wood filler to level and smoothed the surface, as illustrated.

Trim glued-in plane shavings flush with the surface before applying wood filler. Use stainable filler. Two-part epoxy was chosen.

We combined epoxy wood rebuilder as directed. Other wood fillers would work as well as the two-part putty we ordered.

Auto-supply stores sell plastic spreaders for auto-body fillers if none are available. We distribute filler over the repair and surrounding region with a flexible plastic applicator. An old spatula or credit card works as a spreader.

After the filler hardened, we sanded it smoothly using 100-grit paper, blending it into the wood. Block-sanding with 150-320 grits left the surface ready for staining and finishing.


When you have finished tape off the bottom and edge of the crack, mixing the epoxy according to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer and pouring it in, you may use a heat gun or a small torch to explode any bubbles that rise to the top of the epoxy. You may need to let the epoxy set before pouring additional on top, but that will depend on how large the crack is. The handbook should always be consulted when you doubt how to use a product.

As soon as everything is dry, you can kick back and admire the refreshed look of your bow tie furniture.