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11-20-2017 04:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: repair walnut mid century modern chip question trick

I’ll ask my question here and leave my rambling down below just in case you aren’t interested in it. I was wondering how you guys would fix the damage in the two pictures. For the chip in the handle I am completely lost as to how one would repair that as I doubt the handle part of it can be removed and replaced. As for the chip at the top of the drawer I believe I could use some wood filling to do an ugly looking job however I would rather find a better way than that. Any advice is appreciated whether it is too dificult or easy.

So I this desk for myself since I love the mid century modern style and is isn’t in the best condition. I don’t have much experience with woodworking however I have a little bit of knowledge from watching thousands of hours of woodworking related videos over the past year and it is something that I am getting into. I bought the desk because it was being sold for a good price and I hoped that I could repair it in the future.

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 08:10 PM

It is very difficult to tell anything from your photos. Something a little closer would help a lot. What material is the desk made of?

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 05:16 AM

Hard to say on that top photo without more detail, but the bottom one is a candidate for epoxy putty. Several companies make epoxy putty sticks in a variety of colors. It’s like a cannoli with resin and hardener in a concentric tube. You slice off a piece, knead it until it’s uniform and you have maybe 5 or 10 minutes to press it in place. Keep your fingers wet so it doesn’t stick to your hands. After around 20 minutes, you can carve it to get the basic shape, and after an hour or two, you can sand it and, if needed, touch it up with some stain or dye. Hit it with some aerosol lacquer and you’re set.

Like I said, several companies make it, my preferred brand is Mohawk. Check out their youtube videos for more details. You’ll probably find a solution to the chip on the drawer too (I know of several fixes, but you can find the one you like best and feel most confident doing).

Since you like videos, be sure to check out Thomas Johnson Antique Restoration videos. He’s very informative and the antiques are amazing.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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