George Vondriska

How to Repair Wood Cracks

George Vondriska
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A natural piece of wood comes with its fair share of imperfections and cracks. In this video lesson, master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you how to repair cracks and fill uneven areas in your wood to achieve a smooth finish on your woodworking projects.

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11 Responses to “How to Repair Wood Cracks”

  1. Jay

    I have used the sawdust plus CA glue with some problems. First, it dries much harder than the underlying wood, so when attempting to sand it level, it tends to stay up a bit. Stain over any glues or fillers is often a problem but with CA glue, it seems to be less so, perhaps because it dries so hard that tiny sanding scratches allow the stain to settle in them. Work with walnut and sapele, I have found that CA tends to stain a lot better than the 2-part wood fillers or the colored plastic wood fillers. On the lathe, when small pieces chip out, rather than sand it down to a smaller diameter, I have achieved pretty good results when I fill the crevasses with the plastic wood filler (of appropriate color) and then apply the CA glue on top of it. Adding wood particles isn't necessary for that and often isn't hard enough. Humidity activates the CA glue. The acetone and MEK in the plastic wood filler helps to dissolve the CA glue a little bit and that helps the CA penetrate into the filler. After it totally dries, it can be turned again on the lathe, sanded and when stained, it usually doesn't appear as a repaired defect.

  2. leslie Elliottsmith

    great idea

  3. Kevin

    Years ago when I worked at a factory that made custom wood doors & windows, we used a very similar technique to fill small cracks or gaps in a door or window frame. We would use the same technique you describe below with the sanding dust and then sanding over it, but we used a little yellow wood glue. CA glue was not as readily available or cheap back then, but the yellow glue worked well and the results stained beautifully. Might prove handy if someone is caught with their glue pants down.

  4. Mike

    Being deaf, captions would sure help here, I had no idea what liquid he was using until I read the comments.

  5. Mark Young

    Any tips for coloring the baking soda - e.g., to patch/fill walnut?

  6. Anthony Byrde

    This looks a very neat idea. Is there a chemical reason for using baking soda?

  7. charles

    how to fix a crack in wood whats the name of the glue that is used

  8. Jenny

    I’m sorry please repeat......what is CA glue....... it looked like a super it something like that?

  9. Bill

    Hi George, Will this work with a vertical crack in a doorframe? If not, dwe you have any suggestions on how to repair it short of replacing the entire frame?


    Gorge what if you have a crack or a void in oak and a person wants to stain it? Bob

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