Step Cutting the New Corner

Look at the grain of the wood on the table top, and plan to cut the new piece with the grain running in the same direction. Measure the corner carefully and, to be safe, make a paper or cardboard template of the missing piece. Breaks like this are seldom symmetrical in shape, and just measuring the area with a rule won't give you a good replacement. Cut and trim the template until it fits exactly into the damaged area; then trace it on the replacement wood you bought, observing that the grain runs with that of the top. Cut along the traced fines.

Step 4: Matching the Edge Many corners and edges are shaped in some manner. The most common designs are bevel, chamfer, cove, bead or Roman ogee. All of these shapes can be made with a router fitted with the correct bit. Make a sketch of the edge shape and take it to your home ccntcr. where you and the salesman can select the right bit. Then go home and play with the router. Practice cutting edges on some scrap wood before doing it on the new comer. Once you have mastered use of the tool, clamp the piece to your workbench and rout the edge of the new wood patch to match the existing edge of the table.

When only a layer or two of wood has broken off, cut the patch to shape and depth; glue in place and clamp until dry - at least overnight.
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