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Forum topic by fourtay22 posted 04-07-2018 05:55 AM 679 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2018 05:55 AM

Hi guys

Looking for your opinion on best way to go about to repair this veneer chip on the back of a chair.

-as the shape has for the most part straight lines, shall I try to match the shape to a cut out piece of veneer
-shall I cut out the chipped veneer into the shape as outlined in red and replace with a matching 1/4 oval shaped veneer (if I do this way I am concerned about an obvious crosscut line being seen)

Any opinion welcomed.

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#1 posted 04-07-2018 01:44 PM

Irregular lines are less obvious to the eye. Cutting an oval would stand out, so I’d leave the shape as-is.

If I were doing the repair, I’d take a piece of blank paper, tape it in place, and use the side of a pencil lead to get the outline. You can then tape that to your piece of veneer with the grain oriented correctly and cut. I’d recommend cutting a little outside the line and then shaving for a tight fit.

Glue it in place. A curved caul will help get it flat. Then color it to match. Since it’s on the back of a chair, any type of fill can be used to hide gaps that might exist when you’re done. One of the wax-based types would be easiest to use. There are lots of videos showing techniques for using them.

-- 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 04-07-2018 06:10 PM

Yep, what Rich says.

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#3 posted 04-09-2018 07:26 AM

Thank you for advice.
Follow up to it… im looking at thickness of veneer and wondering if the new veneer is thinner. If so what is the best way to build up the base so the new veneer lays flush to the existing veneer
-cut out few layers of veneer until flush
-they sell thicker veneer?
-other options?

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#4 posted 04-09-2018 09:40 AM

Check out Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration on YouTube , he has quite a few videos on veneer repair and he’s really good.

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#5 posted 04-09-2018 02:08 PM

Certainly Wood sells 1/16 veneer in a range of domestic species and a few exotics. However unless you have a use for more than this tiny bit you would have a lot left over as they don’t sell just a square foot.
Your best bet is to cut a little piece of your own from a solid piece of whatever it is.

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#6 posted 04-09-2018 04:14 PM

Like Paul said, you’ll have a lot left over if you order it. If you can’t slice a piece yourself, is there a spot on the chair that doesn’t show that you could steal some from? Right away you’d match the wood, color, everything.

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

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#7 posted 04-09-2018 05:13 PM

I had to repair a veneer top coffee table. Luckily I had some of the veneer left over to match. This was my process.

My guess is that too much glue was in the area and it wicked through to the top and caught the tape, so it pulled up some of the grain from the end of the glue up.

I used a knife to scribe lines on each side of the affected area and the end.

Then used a chisel to clean out an area for the patch.

The inside “end” needed to be tapered for the patch.

Then took another piece of the veneer and matched grain as close as possible (for me).

Then cut the patch and sanded the inside end for a taper.

I used yellow glue and veneer tape to hold it in place

Then clamped and hoped for good results.

The end result was an ottoman cover that also served as table.

It left my shop before I got pictures and relied on the customer (daughter) for phone pictures.


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#8 posted 04-09-2018 05:43 PM

That repair is out of my league, but I was wondering if there is anyplace on the piece that is hidden or could be hidden where you could “borrow” a small piece of the veneer to do the job. That would help with matching the wood and hiding the repair.

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