Ever find a gorgeous piece that's been through rough times?? A friend of mine was clearing out her storage room, and this piece was buried there. I was happy to rescue it! It has incredible details, but it was looking like it had seen better days.
It looked like it was locked at some point and the keyhole was pulled through instead of unlocked. What do you do to fill large holes in wood? Let's break it down.
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With a little problem solving and furniture repair tricks in your tool belt, you'll be able to take on any old piece that comes your way! Here's a close-up of the keyhole damage. This same technique I'm about to show you will work with any large holes in the wood or veneer you need to fill.
Supplies you will need to Fill Large Holes in Wood/Veneer:
First, you'll need to use some support for the patch to stick to. I grabbed my popsicle sticks - which I use for everything from hole patching to paint stirring. Attach it to the back of the hole with a little wood glue to keep it in place. This is my favorite wood glue to use for repair and furniture building.
As that dries, mix up your epoxy wood filler. I'm using Bondo Wood Filler for this project. There are a few types of Bondo - there's auto body filler (which dries pink) and this Bondo Wood Filler which is supposedly stainable (I have not tried to stain it yet!). Either type will work for this repair.
Follow the directions on the back of the can - and mix up a small amount of the filler. You'll add hardner to the filler which will allow it to dry quickly. I always mix it on a disposable paper plate with another popsicle stick. It's a little smelly so make sure you have good ventilation.
Once it's all mixed up it will be a light orange/putty color. Apply it to the hole. You'll want to add MORE than you need to actually fill the hole. If you are too sparing here, the mark will show later.
Apply it and let it dry. This epoxy wood filler dries quickly - which is nice!
Vacuum the dust and this is what you are left with - a smooth finish, and once painted or stained no one will ever know it was there!
Trim off the excess wood (mine actually popped off when I went to trim it) and you are finished.
While you have your wood filler out, fill any other places on the piece in the same manner and just sand down in the same way. It's great to have a product that will fill small spots and large ones at the same time!
Finish your piece as desired, and it'll be our little secret that there was ever damage there to begin with!
Don't be afraid next time when you see a piece with a little damage - now you know how to repair it!
Until next time,