the piece to be replaced is small, glue it into place. If it is larger, use dowels to reinforce it. Either way, clamp the repair overnight after gluing the parts together.
Step 6: Finishing the Patch Once any corner or edge repair has been made, the next problem is to finish the added piece to match the rest of the top. Sand the repaired area, including the new wood, the joint line and the area near it until it is perfectly smooth. You are now ready to stain the sanded area the exact color of the rest of the table — a task that can be pretty tricky.
The best way to achieve a good color is to finish several of scraps of the wood left over from the piece from which you cut the repair corners. Use several stains, all close to the color you believe is needed. After the stains have dried, apply a coat of the proper finishing material. Allow this to dry; then sand it lightly and compare the different colors to the tabletop. Hopefully, one will be a close match and you can go ahead with the finishing of the patch. If none are satisfactory, keep trying different stain colors until you find the right one. The success of your repair depends on how close you match it to the old tabletop.
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