Repair a table - you can do that


Many valuable and high-quality tables show minor damage after a few years of use despite all caution. What you can do to repair small damages, which is advisable in case of major damage and how to properly protect tables, read in this article.

Repair small damages

Small dents or quirks can usually be repaired even better. Usually these are:

  • small dents of sharp-edged or heavy objects placed on the table
  • small cracks in the surface
  • small scratches

In most cases, ironing out the iron can cause many damage to disappear. This is suitable for solid wood and for thicker veneers - but never use on thick painted surfaces!

Eliminate dents and quirks with the iron

Dents and deep scratches are carefully carved with a cutter and then carefully drizzled with water. The wood must get really wet and swell at this point. Then lay a sheet of paper and gently dry the dent with the iron through the paper (low temperature - no steam).

Then the area can be carefully sanded with 180 grit sandpaper. Thinly painted wood (clearcoats) should then be repainted at the point in question.

to remove stains

For an overview of how to remove common stains from solid wood, see this post.

Heavy damage

Heavier or larger damage is best repaired by sanding. Small quirks that are still visible can be filled with wood paste. Then the table should be resealed.

Antique or very badly damaged tables can only be worked up properly by a specialist. However, such a professional repair usually requires high costs.

Tips & Tricks

Especially for valuable and expensive tables, ensure that the table surface is adequately protected


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