How to Repair an Oak Furniture Table That Is Splitting

Updated February 21, 2017

Oak tables are beautiful additions to a home, and they add a functional purpose. Oak is generally sturdy and lasts a long time; however, it needs to be maintained and given a little bit of moisture or it can dry out. If it does dry out, there is a risk of cracking. You can repair the cracks with patience and proper supplies.

Set a wedge in the split, and push it apart slightly.

Brush out the split to remove dust.

Squirt wood glue on the brush, and spread it in the split. If you cannot get the split open wide enough, squirt the glue into the crack.

Remove the wedge, and press the wood together. Set up clamps to hold the table together while the glue dries. Wipe off the excess glue that squirts out, and leave it overnight to dry.

Remove the clamps, and use a putty knife to carefully peel off glue that continued to come out from the split while it was clamped.

Things You'll Need

  • Wedge
  • Small brush
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Rag
  • Putty knife
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Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.