chipped foot repair on an vintage drexel dresser

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11-23-2017 01:03 AM

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Hi Everyone,

i am new to woodworking,
really need opinion on one vintage drexel dresser,
one side of feet on the leg go chipped away,
what is the best way to repair this?
attached picture is showing the good foot, half of it got chipped away.[email protected]/37868905074/in/dateposted-public/

Thanks in advance for all the input.


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#1 posted 11-23-2017 01:46 AM

If you have the broken off piece, you can glue it back on. Assuming you don’t, then epoxy putty will work. Here’s what I just posted to a similar question recently:

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.

Thomas Johnson Antique Restoration has many videos on youtube that might give you some ideas. He’s a real master at repairs like that. Here’s one where he uses the Mohawk sticks to repair the edge of a table.

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

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#2 posted 11-23-2017 01:25 PM

Thanks!that sounds like a much easier method than wood carving.

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