How to Repair a Wooden Desk

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While wooden desks are rugged pieces of furniture made to withstand repeated use, they can become damaged. Unlike other materials, however, a wooden desk can be repaired to good condition. You don't have to be a professional woodworker to complete a repair job on a wooden desk, either. Any homeowner with a few basic tools can repair scratches, dents or chips in a wooden desk so that it returns to like-new condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper, medium- and fine-grit
  • Scratch awl
  • High-performance wood filler
  • Putty knife
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood finish touch-up
  • Small touch-up brush
  • Sand the damaged area and area around it with medium-grit sandpaper to prepare the surface for repair.

  • Press the point of a scratch awl about an 1/8th of an inch deep in several spots into the area surrounding the damage and inside the damaged area. These holes created by the awl's tip will provide a surface for the filler to adhere.

  • Mix up a small amount of high-performance wood filler. Add a small dot of the hardener from the tube provided with the filler to a small amount of filler. Generally, a dot the size of a pencil eraser for the filler is enough for a half-dollar size dab of filler. Mix the two with a putty knife.

  • Fill the damaged area of the desk with the mixed filler using a putty knife to pack it into the area and shape it to the desk's surface. Allow the filler to dry for about one hour.

  • Sand the filler with medium-grit sandpaper until it is almost flush with the desk's surface. Continue sanding with fine-grit sandpaper until the filler is flush with the desk's surface.

  • Wipe the repaired area of the desk down with a tack cloth to remove any dust from sanding. Touch up the repair with a matching touch-up finish. Allow the finish to dry for 72 hours before using the desk.

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