Cracked Wooden Table

Shannon fixes a crack in a wooden table running from one side to the other using a couple of belts, some sponges and wood glue.

1. First, Shannon runs the wood glue along the crack in a continuous line and taps the table so the glue slips deeply into the gap.
2. Then she uses the belts to strap the table very very tightly, forcing the gap to close, before laying the table on its side (again compressing the crack), propping it up with a chair and leaving it to set overnight. (The sponges are simply used to cushion the belts so they don’t rough the table edges).
3. After this, she strips the old shellac off the table using methylated spirits and reapplies a shellac polish (which is simply shellac pre-mixed with methylated spirits and a small quantity of an eboniser (or dye) known as nigrosene. Paint this solution on the surface of the table following the wood grain and dragging the brush smoothly along the surface and overlapping the stroke before. At least three coats are applied in order to build up a smooth sheen on the table top (next coat begins once previous has dried). If you’re doing this at home, follow the directions on the Shellac packet.

Shellac Flakes available from Bunning’s Warehouse for $34.95 per 1kg bag, sponges from Bunning’s are $1.69 each and belts from St Vinnies are $5 each.

For more information and tips from Shannon, visit the Lush House show page here

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