How to Repair a Damaged Wood Table

Written by steve smith
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How to Repair a Damaged Wood Table
Fix damaged tables with putty. (table image by Diana Anachkova from

Damaged old wood tables repair easily when you have the right know how. Repairing a gouged table restores it to original form and hides the real age of the piece. Before throwing out that old table, see if a simple three-step repair will restore it to a near-mint condition. Use this technique on antique tables. Buy one for less due to the damage, then restore it like new. The process takes less than an hour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Inspect the gouge in the table to determine how much of the area needs to be covered. If there are additional scratches around the gouge, fill these in as well.

  2. 2

    Lightly sand the gouge and the surrounding area with sandpaper by hand to remove the finish and dirt. Wipe clean with a towel and rinse with water.

  3. 3

    Mix the wood putty and hardener in a plastic mixing container with your scraper. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for mixing ratios. A small dab of hardener dries a scraper full of putty.

  4. 4

    Spread putty over the damage with the scraper and press it into the gouge. Scrape off excess putty. Allow to dry as instructed by your manufacturer.

Tips and warnings

  • Exposy wood filler will also work in place of the wood putty.

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