How do I repair this type of damage on a older six legged table?

by Linda
I purchased a table that needs TLC. On the top of the table "slices" of wood has been broken off and some more of it is separating along the rest of one edge. I've seen it done somewhere but lost the directions. Thanks for any help!
q how do i repair this type of damage on a older six legged table
  5 answers
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jun 01, 2017
    The veneer is missing some large pieces. You can remove all of the veneer and sand the wood underneath. Or sand as is and hope for the best - it won't be perfect, but will look better than it does now.

  • Diana Clabaugh Diana Clabaugh on Jun 01, 2017
    Go to your lumber yard and buy some veneer or find it on line. I found a dresser at a garage sale and it was yelling save me to me and I am taking it to the lumber yard to make sure what kind of wood it is so I can get the right veneer.

  • Ro Pettiner Ro Pettiner on Jun 01, 2017
    Another option would be to 'fill in' the missing veneer with wood putty and sand it level with the existing veneer, if you are not restoring a natural finish, but painting it instead.

  • Claire Amirault Claire Amirault on Jun 02, 2017
    Ro's advice was what I was going to suggest. If you didn't want to paint the top you can sand all of the top after the repair and restrain the whole thing. This works well!

  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on Jun 02, 2017
    Sometimes veneer covers an inferior grade of wood, but not always. I have a dresser from the early 1900's with a few inlays of different species of wood veneer on the drawer fronts. When a flood damaged the dresser, the veneer warped and split off. I removed the rest and found a beautiful solid maple under it all that I sanded, stained and gave about 4 coats of clear varnish to. It turned out gorgeous !