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How to Fix Wood Scratches | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert shows host Kevin O’Connor how to handle small scratches from finished furniture and hardwood surfaces.

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Carpenter Nathan Gilbert shows host Kevin O’Connor how to handle minor repairs on finished wood surfaces. Nathan shows Kevin how to handle light abrasions, heavier wear, and even small gouges on hardwood surfaces. He explains how to blend these repairs in and even tells Kevin when it’s best to call a professional.

Skill level: ⅖
Cost: Under $100
Time: 3 hours

Where to find it?
To fix scratched off varnish on furniture, Nathan used Mohawk [] Scratch-Off []

To refinish the legs of Nathan’s office chair, he used Howard [] Restore-A-Finish in Walnut []

To fill in the deep set scratch in wood, Nathan used Mohawk Fil-Stik []

All other tools used including 0000 steel wool [], sanding sponges [], and tack cloth [] can be found at local home centers.

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Scratch remover []
Lacquer []
Mineral spirits []
Steel wool []
Wood stain []
Stain repair pens []
Stain repair crayons []
Plastic razor []

Rags []
Sandpaper []
Tack cloth []
Sanding sponge []
Wand-style lighter []

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From the makers of This Old House, America’s first and most trusted home improvement show, Ask This Old House answers the steady stream of home improvement questions asked by viewers across the United States. Covering topics from landscaping to electrical to HVAC and plumbing to painting and more. Ask This Old House features the experts from This Old House, including general contractor Tom Silva, plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey, landscape contractor Jenn Nawada, master carpenter Norm Abram, and host Kevin O’Connor. ASK This Old House helps you protect and preserve your greatest investment—your home.

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