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04-11-2021 11:47 AM

I purchase a cheap bookcase from Amazon and damage one of the components. The shelves are made of 15mm thick particle board and Paper veneer. Any ideas on how to repair??


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#1 posted 04-11-2021 11:48 AM

Wood putty and some dark stain.

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#2 posted 04-11-2021 12:52 PM

If it arrived like that, I would return it. You can probably fix the gouge with filler or bondo but matching the color will be very difficult unless you just paint the whole unit.

If you decide to use a filler, one thing that you can try is Timbermate wood filler. They have multiple colors so you can start closer to the final color. I have also just used a light color like maple and dyed it with Transtint dark walnut dye before patching. You can keep adding dye until it is the darkness you want.

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#3 posted 04-11-2021 01:02 PM

The above suggestions are about all you can do, and the repair isn’t going to look good I suspect. Is there a way to switch the parts around so the damaged area is in the back of the case (it looks like it’s in the front right now). Maybe swapping the left and right sides or something?

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#4 posted 04-11-2021 01:05 PM

LOL. Put the front side towards the wall. :-)

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#5 posted 04-11-2021 04:14 PM

Whats your favorite sports team? Best bet is to buy a sticker of your favorite team and place it over the gash.

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#6 posted 04-11-2021 05:53 PM

You can get dark wood putty. I have some of similar color. That’s so dark it’s almost black so you can try adding ink to wood filler if you don’t want to mess around with mail ordering special stuff.

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#7 posted 04-11-2021 06:28 PM

1. clean the “wound” so that the damaged area is square and well-defined.

2. fill the void with wood putty

3. cut out a section of “veneer” from the bottom side of a shelf or some other area where it won’t be missed.
use this to patch in the missing section.

(another good place from which to grab a strip is high on the inside wall as near as possible to the underside of the lowest shelf.)

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#8 posted 04-12-2021 11:52 PM

Find a piece of scrap that will take a dark stain and get you on top of that color. Then cut the damaged area out, but not in the shape of a butt joint. Do a V or something that will not draw nearly as much attention as a butt joint. Stay as thin as you can.

Perhaps its irony but one of my proud days was, making actually cedar look like and match up with particle board siding I couldn’t find. It meant removing the bearing off a router bit and grinding the bearing mount off, but when it was done, three side by side pieces of cedar looked like part of the particle board siding plan.

Here is what I mean by not going with a butt joint:

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