How to Repair a Chip on the Corner of Wooden Table

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How to Repair a Chip on the Corner of Wooden Table
A chipped table corner can be repaired. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A wood table is more than just a functional piece of furniture in your home. It's a symbol of solidity and permanence. While wood is strong material, it's not indestructible. Even the best wood tables can chip. Or perhaps you've inherited an antique table that has had it's fair share of wear and tear. Regardless, if the table in your life as a small corner chip, there's no reason you can't repair it yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Electric sander
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood chip
  • Scroll saw
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • 1-inch nylon brush

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  1. 1

    Attach a piece of 80-grit sandpaper to an electric sander. Run the sander along the top, bottom and sides of the wood table directly surrounding the chip. This will minimise the appearance of the chip. Repeat with 220-grit sandpaper.

  2. 2

    Wipe down the corner with a tack cloth to get rid of the dust from sanding. Cut a small wood chip to down to the new size of the chipped corner. Trim it down using a scroll saw.

  3. 3

    Glue the replacement wood in place with wood glue and allow it to set overnight. Sand it down with 220-grit sandpaper to remove any excess glue and to coax it to be more flush with the rest of the table.

  4. 4

    Stain this area of the table with so it matches the rest of the piece, using a 1-inch wide nylon brush.

Tips and warnings

  • Run a shellac filler pen over the glued-on chip as another layer of reinforcement.

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