Magazine article USA TODAY

Wood Repair Made Easy

Magazine article USA TODAY

Wood Repair Made Easy

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* If you have pride in your home, few things are as frustrating as scratches, chips, and assorted dings that mar the finish of wooden furniture. Wood filler can take care of minor damage, but using it requires sanding down the excess and then desperately trying to match the finish so the repair doesn't stick out like a sore thumb. As for chipped corners, it is well-nigh impossible to disguise them.

Instead of filling and all its attendant problems, a better approach is the LK-1 Lacquer Burn-In Knife from Hot Tools of Marblehead (Mass.). The basic device is simplicity itself--an electrically heated spatula tip at the end of a six-inch-long metal shaft embedded in a wooden handle. The second part of the equation is a wax-like lacquer stick. The heated tip melts the lacquer and lets it drip into the hole or scratch, and the spatula shape allows you to smooth the lacquer filling before it cools off. With a wide variety of wood tones to choose from, it is possible to match virtually any common finish. …

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