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Forum topic by Billina posted 07-04-2016 04:40 AM 593 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-04-2016 04:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: what type of wood table leaf project question

Does anyone know what type of wood I’d on the right?

I sanded down this table leaf that is made of a pressed board with veneer on top and sanded down to far in a few spots, down past the veneer. Any suggestions on the best way to fix it?

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#1 posted 07-10-2016 03:05 AM


For some reason the photo you thought was posted did not make it into your post. Even if it had,
identifying the species of wood from a computer screen is pretty difficult, at least for me. If some photos are posted, perhaps you can get some good responses to this question.

Sanding through the veneer is a difficult problem from which to recover. Since I do not work with veneers, my ideas are limited. Perhaps someone with veneer experience can offer ideas for the repair superior to those I offer.

My first idea is to spend some time trying to come up with a stain (or blend of stains) that when applied to the sanded through areas offers a good color match to the surrounding veneer. After the stain is applied and dried, a top coat of varnish could be applied to the leaf making the repair less visible.

This stain matching approach is probably not a very reasonable suggestion unless you are a finishing expert or willing to accept less than perfect results. Finishing and matching finishes is an art unto itself. Getting a perfect match and making the flaws disappear could be extremely difficult, at least for me. Also, unless you have a sample board with which to experiment, matching colors can be problematic.

The second idea is to re-veneer the leaf and probably the table top. Perhaps the new veneer could go directly onto the existing veneer. In this approach, the edges of the veneer could have to be blended into the edges of the top which could be very difficult depending on the edge treatment on the edges of the table. Also both the top and the leaf would have to be re-veneered if the surface of the leaf must remain flush with the surface of the table. Re-veneering both the top and leaf would result look the best since the color match after finishing would be automatic.

The existing veneer from the table top and leaf could be removed and the new veneer applied to the pressed board substrate. If only the leaf is re-veneered in this manner, there may be a slight height difference between the leaf and table top, depending on the thickness of the existing and new veneers. Getting a good color match after veneering only the leaf would be difficult. As above, the edges could pose the biggest problem with this last method.

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 11:09 AM

Can the leaf be flipped over?The edge profile can be cut off and new wood glued back on,trying to match the grain the best you can,then match the profile with ,router,planes,chisels,and sand paper.If not re-veneering the entire top would be the best solution,so that the grain flows through the whole top.Unless you’re talented enough with a brush and oil paints to paint in “new” grain(faux finish).

good luck

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