In many homes, most of the furniture is wooden. Wood, although durable, is vulnerable to damage. Children jumping on chairs, beds and other pieces of furniture cause wear and tear. Other normal day to day activities also cause damage to furniture.
What tips are useful to repair broken wooden furniture? This article gives some tips on how to repair these.
Tip 1: Tool-Kit
An important step in repairing your furniture yourself without employing a carpenter is getting your repair-kit. Having the right tools makes your work easier, faster and better. The following tools are vital in repair
- A rubber mallet.
- Epoxy Syringe.
- Wooden Chisels
- Nail set
- Rules and Levels
Tip 2: Organization
It is important that you keep disassembled parts and working tools organized and grouped in an orderly fashion. This reduces stress and time. Something I find pretty handy in this case, especially with small parts is a zip-lock bag.
Tip 3: Repairing Loose Joints
One of the most common problems of wooden furniture is a loose joint. To solve this, disassemble the affected area. Next clean and remove any old glue without damaging the wood. Next apply the glue and put it back in position.
Tip 4: Affixing broken pieces
The first thing is to clean the surface of the broken piece and the area it broke away from. Check the dimensions of the piece and the furniture. Apply glue evenly to the remnant and the furniture. Insert the fragment to the furniture and clamp together. Wait for the glue to dry.
Tip 5: Filling extra holes
You enjoyed drilling the wood so much you forgot that instead of 3 holes, you drilled 5 holes into your cabinet. Well there is an easy solution to this. Sawdust and Glue. How? Easy. Take some of the sawdust from the over-drilled cabinet and mix it with glue or epoxy. I prefer a fifty-fifty ratio. When it is thick and sticky, use the paste to fill up the excess holes. Leave to dry. Problem solved.
Tip 6: Avoid splitting wood or other destructive techniques
During repairs, especially when using nails, splits occur which further damage the wood. How can you avoid this? Simple. Instead of using the pointy end, flatten it using a hammer. Then drive it in. The blunt edge ensures that splits do not occur as the fibers are crushed
Tip 7: Gluing parts together
New glue does not adhere well to old glue. Therefore, it is important that you thoroughly clean away the surface of the broken part to be glued before applying the new glue. If this is not done, over time the glued fragments becomes undone again.
There are many other tips and methods of repairing broken wooden furniture, but those in this article are some of the basic and important tips you will need. There might not be a need to throw away a perfectly good piece of furniture if all it needs is just glue or another simple solution.