How to Repair Wood Cracks


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Master woodworker George Vondriska teaches you how to repair wood cracks in your woodworking projects. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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4 Responses to “How to Repair Wood Cracks”
    • WWGOA Team

      Hi, cdplummerjr!

      Thanks for the question. The approach described here works great for painted surfaces, but or a stained piece I’d suggest mixing the CA glue with sanding dust from the project itself, rather than using baking soda. It takes little more time but gives you a better match. To do this, sand using 150 grit paper on a sanding block until the crack is filled flush with dust. Then put CA glue on the dust, letting it the dust soak up as much glue as possible. Let it sit for a minute or so, then sand flush. It will likely need 2-3 applications of this approach to get it flush. Sand it very thoroughly on the last one to get any residual glue off of the surface. This produces a good surface for staining. Good luck!


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

    • WWGOA Team

      For a stained or clear finish you can follow the same procedure, but use sanding dust as a filler rather than baking soda. Generally I will hand sand with 220 grit sandpaper over the defect, filling the void with sanding dust, then soak it with CA glue, and then immediately sand over the top of the CA glue. Repeat this as needed until the void is filled flush to the wood’s surface


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