Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique
handsaw and block plane
Forstner bit and drill/driver
oil-based wood stain
You don’t have to replace an entire floorboard to fix a small chip or gouge. Instead, patch it with a new piece of wood, as Tom demonstrates here, and heed his advice for getting expert results.
Match the grain, not the stain. Choose a patch of the same wood as the flooring, with a similar grain pattern.
Make the mortise fit the patch, not the other way around. It’s the smart way to get a tight fit.
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