If you have furniture to repair, you will need some supplies or tools to complete the job. Some of the tools you may have on hand and others you may have to buy or rent. If you are going to purchase tools, spend a little more money to get quality tools. If you buy the cheapest available, you will more than likely be back to the store buying another one quickly.
If you have old finish to remove off the furniture you are repairing, you will need something that will scrape this off. A putty knife works well for this. It is easy to handle and will remove old finish and paint from the furniture. You can also use a rubber spatula in a pinch.
Most every home owns a hammer, but there are many different types of hammers, and they each serve a purpose. If you need to remove nails or pieces of the wooden furniture, a claw hammer is a good choice. A rubber or wooden mallet is helpful to tap wooden pieces of the furniture into their place when repairing. The common hammer, most often used for nailing, will be handy when you need to drive a nail or make a repair that requires more wood. You can also use a drill in place of the hammer to make things quicker and easier.
If you are going to be doing repairs that require replacing wooden pieces on the furniture, you will need some measuring tools to make sure you have the correct measurements of the wood you cut. A T square, metal ruler, or more commonly, a measuring tape will all help you to know the size of items that are needed in your repair.
If new wood is required to make the repair, and you have used your measuring tool to know the exact size you need cut, then the next supply you will need is a saw. A hand held saw will do the job, but it does require more work on your part, and it takes a little while to saw through the length of what you are cutting. If you want to make the cutting process easier, you can get a mechanical saw. If you do not own one, these can be rented by the day. This will make your cutting easier and quicker.
A smoothing or block plane is a great tool to have when repairing furniture. You can smooth and square the wood to go with the grain. It will be good for matching and ultimately cutting furniture joints as well.
If you are going to repaint the furniture after the repair, you will need to sand the new wood and get it ready for paint. A piece of sand paper will get the wood smooth and complete this task for you.
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