Asked on Jan 03, 2018

How can I fill these grooves on my kitchen table?

Adrianna Rangel
by Adrianna Rangel
I have two young children and one has a disability. After every meal or activity I find myself cleaning my table with dozens of toothpicks and tooth brush to remove crumbs or play dough from these grooves. My husband and I don’t care for table covers that hide the table. I was thinking of epoxy, but not sure how to apply.
q how can i fill these grooves on my kitchen table
q how can i fill these grooves on my kitchen table
q how can i fill these grooves on my kitchen table
q how can i fill these grooves on my kitchen table
  12 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 03, 2018
    Use Oilcloth Tablecloth.

  • Marguerite Young Marguerite Young on Jan 03, 2018
    Bar top epoxy would be a great idea, plenty of tutorials on how to use. Another idea would be to go to a local TAP Plastics and have them cut a piece of lexan or acrylic to fit over and then tack in place with a bit of lexel or other clear flexible adhesive.

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Jan 03, 2018
    If you are doing this every meal, why not just cover the table with a clear plastic tablecloth while you eat? Clean it after eating, then remove it. Think of the time you are spending doing the same thing over and over that could be used to something more productive.

    • Exactly what I was thinking! I did it when the kids were little or we did a messy project. I had several nice flannel backed tablecloths. Put on table, set table, eat or do crafts, clean up, wipe down and roll up. Easy!

  • V Smith V Smith on Jan 03, 2018
    If the table is not expandable look into having a piece of tempered glass cut to fit. If you cover it with epoxy you may not get smooth edges, but you may be able to work around that. Also, you need to have a good idea of the volume of epoxy necessary to cover the entire table, I think this has to be done in one shot but I do not have actual experience with this. Research it on YouTube.

  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Jan 03, 2018
    Better than glass would be a clear acrylic tabletop. These are relatively cheap and do not hide the beautiful wood finish. They are sold online and at your local home and department stores. Good luck!

  • Kathleen Langford Kathleen Langford on Jan 04, 2018
    Maybe you could use a dust-buster to clean the table.

  • June Huff June Huff on Jan 04, 2018
    I had a coffee table like that. I finally measured and had a.plate glass cut to fit and had them bevel the edge so no one got cut on it. Best thing I ever done with a piece of furniture.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 04, 2018
    A clear acrylic sheet would cover the table top and allow the finish to be seen. You could design the top to allow for expansion when needed ( cut down the middle width wise and add a piece to the center when expanded) The expansion piece could be stored under a mattress.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 04, 2018
    You could use a brown crayon to fill the cracks or furniture scratch cover wax.

  • Roleen Roleen on Jan 05, 2018
    I had a dining table with a groove completely around the table edge. I had to clean it too. I used my wash cloth and just dragged it. It took two minutes. I used a butter knife to drag the cloth. Lucky I only did every other day. You could also vacuum.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jan 05, 2018
    Wood filler/putty comes in colors... I'd use one the shade of the darkest wood, fill the gaps, smooth with a tool or your finger, sand and seal with a poly or whatever the mfg of the putty recommended

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jan 06, 2018
    Why don't you get a piece of glass cut to fit that tabletop? You can still enjoy the appearance of those planks and keep food debris from falling in between.