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Re: re: cracks, holes and veneer in old oak desk

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-2pool241-245.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 8/14/4 20:39

In Response To: re: cracks, holes and veneer in old oak desk (Brandie Lynn)

You should try to reglue any loose veneer with some liquid hide glue, cover with wax paper and a clamp and pad. Sand bags work well. The holes may be filled with an epoxy putty like Quick Wood. The pine color mixed with some walnut epoxy putty will come close to a color match. Once in the hole allow the putty to begin to harden a little then burnish with a wet putty knife to get an even and smooth look. The veneer chips can be repaired with some salvage veneer, begged off of a refinsher with a stash of old veneer. Cut a 'V' out of the face with a sharp matt knife. Find a good match and make a joining matching 'V' to fit the new hole, sand to fit, leave it long till glued into place. Using hide glue, masking tape, wax paper and a C clamp, glue the repair into place with the tape to hold it tight. Pad the spot with a scrap of flat wood and use the wax paper to prevent the block from sticking to the top. Clamp this for 15 minutes and then check to see if any thing has shifted, reclamp for eight hours, remove all this and trim the salvage with a matt knife and lightly sand the edge of the patch. A little touch up finish from a shellac pad, lightly swipped across the repair will help blend the repair. Buff with 0000 steel wool if too shiney.

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