Many people like to purchase furniture that is made from leather or other luxurious fabrics. However, there are also people who know that wooden furniture can look just as good. The occasional issue with this type of furniture is that it can become damaged.
Rather than discarding their wooden furniture, many people like to repair it. If this is something you would like to do, you’re in the right place. Below, you can find some repair tips that can help.
Use The Right Adhesive
Before you make a start on your repairs you need to use the right adhesive. It’s worth knowing that not all adhesive is suitable for wooden furniture. What you need is wood glue as it’s very useful to fix cracks or gaps in wooden furniture.
While you may be tempted to use glue or another type of adhesive, it may not work. In some cases, the adhesive you use may even damage the wood. Always use glue that’s been specifically made to repair wood. It can help to prevent damage and ensure a better repair.
In some cases, you may need to make temporary repairs before you can make a complete repair. This might be because you don’t have the right tools for the job yet. Alternatively, you may need some help with the repair.
A temporary repair may consist of you using a thick bit of wood to cover the hole. If the damage is more of a scrape than a hole, use a thinner bit of wood. Use a little bit of glue so the repair does not stick in place completely.
Using The Right Equipment
Before you begin repairing your wooden furniture, it makes sense for you to have the equipment that you need to hand.
You may need:
- Glue or another type of adhesive
- A saw
- A hammer
- Some nails
- Gloves and protective eyewear
- Wood so you can make some repairs
It makes sense to have the equipment you need before you make the repair. When you have everything you need you’re more likely to get the job completed in one go. There may be occasions when you cannot finish the job due to not having the right equipment. However, being prepared means this is less likely to happen.
Spreading The Glue Evenly
When it comes to spreading the glue or adhesive, make sure that you spread it evenly. When you do, you’re more likely to find that you have a good repair. Too much adhesive in one area and not enough in another can result in a bad repair.
Use as much glue or adhesive as is recommended on the packaging. Please note, the recommended amount is usually an estimate. However, it should be suitable for most household repairs.
If you have a lot of repairs to make, you may need to have a lot of adhesive in stock. Make sure that you have a little more than you think you need. This will allow you to spill glue or even lose some and you’ll still have enough.
Should you need to tighten screws as part of the repair, do so carefully. Over-tightening the screws could mean they’re hard to unscrew again. Screws that are too tight could also damage the wood.
Tighten the screws so they’re sufficiently tight but make sure that they can easily be unscrewed. Do this for all of the screws that are on every piece of wooden furniture.
Always make sure that you use the correct type of screws for the job. Screws that are too short won’t hold the wood in place. Screws that are too long may stick out and cause injuries. They can also result in the wood not being held in place correctly. Resolve these issues by using the right screws at all times.
Repairing wooden furniture can be an easy and enjoyable task. Let the above tips help you to ensure the repairs are more likely to be successful.