Can cracked and broken wood be repaired? In our experience, many broken wood pieces can be repaired using good preparation and glue techniques. We show you 3 examples of cracked wood and how to fix them in our repair shop.
Wood that is broken across the grain is difficult to repair because of how the wood fibres are severed. Wood that is split along the grain can be repaired as there is structure for the glue to bond to. The following repairs show how to fix broken wood where the break is along the grain.
Split Chair Leg – this broken chair leg is split down the length of the leg. A common mistake people make when trying to repair a split like this is dabbing a bit of glue on the joint. The glue needs to be applied to the whole surface area. To do this, open the split wood, squeeze in a generous amount of glue, and rub it back and forth with a cotton string to distribute the glue on every part of the split wood. When the clamp is applied, the glue should squeeze out at the split if you have used the right amount of glue.
Broken Wood on Cabinet Door – this door was damaged with a lot of force. The owner tried to repair the cracks, but it came apart again. Watch how to loosen the broken parts, clean off the old glue, and put it all back together the right way to get the door back in working order
Broken Wooden Chair Seat – this old chair seat was cracked and repaired a long time ago, but there wasn’t enough glue used to keep it from breaking apart again. The broken parts are cleaned up to remove any old glue reside and dirt. Then glue is applied to both sides of the broken parts to ensure there’s enough glue in the joint. Once clamped up, this joint will be stronger than the wood fibres in the seat – it’s not going to break again.
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