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Jerry

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60 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question plywood veneer finishing refurbishing modern

I have been advertising in Craigslist for doing small repairs and refinishing on furniture. I got a client yesterday that has this chest of drawers that she wants the corner of the door repaired. I’m pretty sure this is going to be plywood and she’s already informed me that the door is veneered, and she does not want to go to the expense of re-veneering the whole door.

I’ve been trying to come up with some sort of idea to make this corner look a little better, but so far nothing comes to mind that seems like a permanent repair.

If I use wood putty and shape and stain it, it may fall off later, so that does not seem like an option. I could sand it and stain it but the damage would still be there, just not so evident.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 60 days ago

Short of trimming the top of the door off and adding a trim strip, that is a tough repair. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is actually veneered MDF.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Rick M.

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#2 posted 60 days ago

From the angle I can’t see the extent of the damage. Is the corner actually chipped off or just the veneer?

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Jerry

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#3 posted 60 days ago

Willie, you are right, it may very well be MDF, I hadn’t thought of that, if that is the case, then there is probably no hope.

Rick, yes, the corner and the veneer are chipped off.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Marcus

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#4 posted 60 days ago

ack, for damage that minor (hard to judge from the pictures), I think most anything you do would only make it look worse. I think just a few dabs of color matched stain would be about the best solution.

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#5 posted 60 days ago

Hi Jerry, just an idea… Get a strip of wood and make a frame that goes all the way around 3 sides of each door. Fill in the gap with colored epoxy. Good luck.

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mrjinx007

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#6 posted 60 days ago

It may have to go on all 4 sides to look good…

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Jerry

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#7 posted 60 days ago

Marcus and mrjinx007 thanks for your thoughts. At this point, I’m leaning toward the stain. The epoxy is a good idea as well, but I don’t think she will want to pay for the amount of time it would take.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Earlextech

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#8 posted 60 days ago

I’m with marcus on this. If she’s already put a limit on cost I wouldn’t waste too much of my time. Sand, maybe a little filler and stain it.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Rick M.

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#9 posted 60 days ago

Patch in a piece of veneer and fill behind it with solid wood, stain to match. The furniture is probably not worth the effort but if you go above and beyond you’ll get word of mouth business.

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Jerry

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#10 posted 60 days ago

Great suggestion Rick. Thanks.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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EPJartisan

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#11 posted 60 days ago

I’ve done this before.. since it is walnut I have a fix that may work for you.. Go with the veneer and fill behind..
~ grain match the veneer but tooth joint the new veneer on the existing face… (with a very slight overlap and in the grain direction)
~ use a clear epoxy…clamp tight for a moment for squeeze out,
~ but then before it cures take a exacto blade and fur both the existing face and the new veneer so the blend the fibers and to match the walnut open grain and figure…. put a tiny bit more epoxy on and clamp until cured.
~ then use a scraper card to flatten the overlap…
~ if there is any glue lines use the exacto blade again to break the grain and epoxy again.
It takes some practice

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Jerry

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#12 posted 60 days ago

RE EPJartisan: Wow! Thanks a lot. That is a really refined technique. I really appreciate the instruction.
—Jerry

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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