Introduction

These instructions provide a simple technique for reattaching a broken piece of wood to any type of furniture. We demonstrate this technique on a nightstand, but it can be used on any wooden surface that needs to be fixed. No carpentry skill is required to complete this repair.

Dust the surface of the fragment and the damaged area of the furniture. Any household cleaner will work; we recommend a damp rag.
  • Dust the surface of the fragment and the damaged area of the furniture.

    • Any household cleaner will work; we recommend a damp rag.

    • Clean carefully, making sure not to cause further damage by splintering the fragment.

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Check that the fragment fits well into the break in the furniture. If the fragment does not fit perfectly, cut away any irregular slivers on the fragment using a utility knife to achieve as neat of a fit as possible.
  • Check that the fragment fits well into the break in the furniture.

    • If the fragment does not fit perfectly, cut away any irregular slivers on the fragment using a utility knife to achieve as neat of a fit as possible.

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Apply glue to both the fragment and the furniture. Check that the glue is spread evenly throughout both pieces. Using a brush to spread the glue to all crevices is most effective.
  • Apply glue to both the fragment and the furniture.

    • Check that the glue is spread evenly throughout both pieces.

    • Using a brush to spread the glue to all crevices is most effective.

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Insert the wood fragment into the glued spot on the furniture. Insert the wood fragment into the glued spot on the furniture.
  • Insert the wood fragment into the glued spot on the furniture.

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Wipe away any excess glue using a damp rag. Be careful not to move the fragment out of alignment as you are wiping.
  • Wipe away any excess glue using a damp rag.

    • Be careful not to move the fragment out of alignment as you are wiping.

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Clamp the two pieces together. You can use any type of clamp that you have on hand. If you don't have a clamp, any type of clip would work.
  • Clamp the two pieces together.

    • You can use any type of clamp that you have on hand. If you don't have a clamp, any type of clip would work.

    • Wait 30 minutes for the glue to dry before removing the clamp.

      • Be careful not to bump the fragment out of alignment as you are clamping.

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Conclusion

Continue using furniture as you had before!

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