This is another fix-it type article. The next one will be something made from scratch, I promise!
A wooden support from one of the benches at Downtown Podcast broke recently and I decided to try my hand at fixing it. I’d never done this before, but my dad used to be in the business of furniture repair and I had an inkling of how to approach the problem.
First, I test fitted the pieces together dry, and had to cut away a few odd bits of wood to get a nice fit. Next, I glued and clamped them!
Not shown in a photo, but the resulted in a piece of nice dark wood with a jagged and slightly raised crack on it. I could have probably just used some wood putty or a marker at this point, but I decided to sand it smooth and fill in the missing bits.
I didn’t have a good wood putty, so I made some out of saw dust and wood glue with a little stain and red and brown acrylic paint for color to more or less match the original wood color. After this I sanded again and tried to stain the wood.
The stain looked great going on, but after wiping it off, it was obvious that the wood wasn’t taking on enough of the color. After a few failed coats, I got the novel(?) idea of trying to ‘freeze’ the stain in time, by putting on a thin coat and spraying it with a clear coat. This seemed to work and after a few touchups and a couple extra coats of clear coat, I had a slightly darker, but close enough color match.
It’s hard to tell where the original crack way. I’m considering this a ‘good enough’ success. :D