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Furniture Repair

Fix tables, sticking drawers and chairs with these furniture repair how-tos.

  1. How to Repair Leather

    Learn how to use inexpensive, DIY-friendly repair kits to fix small tears in leather or vinyl car seats and chairs before they get big and ugly.

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  1. How to Loosen Sticking Drawers

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    Dirt, dust and old lubricant (or lack of it) can make drawers hard to open and shut. Cleaning gummed-up guides will help; so does the right lubricant.

  2. How to Remove Stains In Wood Furniture

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    A wet glass on fine furniture can create a white ring that no amount of cleaning erases. Before you resort to paint stripper, try rubbing it with one of these solvents.

  3. Furniture Repair and Finishing Tips

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    A professional woodworker shares basic, time-tested tips that will help you work faster and get better results on your furniture projects.

  4. Wood Finishing Tips: How to Renew a Finish

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    Traditional paste wax is still the best way to renew and enhance natural wood finishes, and it will hold up better than liquid furniture polish. All you need for application is an old t-shirt and plenty of elbow grease.

  5. How to Fix Sticking Wooden Drawers

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    Make stuck drawers open smoothly again with a little paraffin or special nylon tape that lubricates those rubbing, sticky surfaces. It's a 5-minute fix.

  6. Fix a Wobbly Chair: Reglue a Wooden Chair

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    Knock a wobbly wooden chair apart, clean up the joints and then reglue and clamp it to make it solid and sound again. It's an easy process if you follow our step-by-step instructions.

  7. Fix Wooden Table Legs

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    Keep table legs and other bolted joints tight with a thread locking coating. Loctite adhesive will prevent nuts from loosening.

  8. Fast Furniture Fixes

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    Make those nicks and scratches in your furniture go away with just a few minutes' work. We'll show you the tricks and techniques that make problems disappear, no matter how old or new they are, without damaging the wood. The fixes are fast, easy and don't cost a lot of money. So stop dealing with those eyesores and let's get to work.

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