Patch A Chipped Wood Floor
This Old House Magazine|October 2018
Patch A Chipped Wood Floor

Using only hand tools and a drill, Tom Silva makes minor floor damage disappear with a simple and effective dutchman repair technique

Thomas Baker

TOOLBOX

portable workbench

handsaw and block plane

clamp

180-grit sandpaper

combination square

utility knife

Forstner bit and drill/driver

chisel

oil-based wood stain

wood glue

DUTCHMAN SECRETS

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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October 2018