Marie
Marie
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Asked on Jul 17, 2013

Table with water damage, need advice please.

Sia@South 47thMarieTherese C
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while out junking, we found this huge coffee table. Its big as a dining table but has very short legs the height of a coffee table. The legs were removed so i grabbed them. But kept thinking about the table top as we drove away. So the next day we went back and got the table top. After getting it home it smelled like a damp basement. But it had rained the night before. Pretty sure they had it stored in damp basement though. On one corner of the table which we thought was solid wood had gotten wet for awhile and it looks like particle board coming apart. Is there anything i could buy to harden up the wood on that corner?
9 answers
  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 17, 2013

    If it's particle board, nope nothing will help. Sorry MariaH

  • Marie
    on Jul 17, 2013

    i could swear it was solid wood. The lines and shape of the table is beautiful too.

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 17, 2013

    You could try sanding it down and then use wood glue and clamps. ;)

  • You can repair the damage with bondo then sand it and paint it.

  • Marie
    on Jul 18, 2013

    BONDO huh? Where would i find this at? I truly think its worth saving. And thanks so much for your help.

  • Rich
    on Jul 19, 2013

    First try using Mayonnaise to rub out the water stains. Then if that doesn't work, then strip it and refinish it. The stains are in the finish not in the wood.

  • Therese C
    on Jul 20, 2013

    I remember a trick my mother showed me many years ago. If you gently sand the wood and take care to keep all of the sanding particles, you then can mix the particles with enough varnish to make a paste (not to thick) and paint brush it back on. This will fill in the pieces and still match the exact color of the wood. Once you have applied the paste, gently clamp the area as close as possible without getting the clamp on the wet paste. By morning it should look like it did before the damage. We used this trick for filling in gaps between narrow oak flooring and parquet floors with beautiful results. It is a miracle worker on all furniture/floors, but takes practice to get it right. Good luck!

  • Marie
    on Jul 20, 2013

    thank you Therese, i was worried about how i was going to handle all the pieces of particle board.

  • Sia@South 47th
    on Jul 21, 2013

    @ Particle board? If it is Particle board, you can't save it. Solid wood is quite another story and can, with work be saved. You are saying Particle Board and Solid wood, hence the confusion luv.

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