Here's a close up of the chipped veneer.
And here's why I was so frustrated.
This is the only large veneer stripping I can get in the Waco area. It's red oak, and as you may know, red oak doesn't stain very well. A fact I wasn't even thinking of when I started this project, since it had been so long since I tried to stain oak. If you are lucky enough to be able to salvage some veneer from somewhere you won't notice on your piece, then use that.
I started by making sure my chips weren't straight across against the grain, or too jagged. You can clean them up with a utility knife to make a pattern that's easy to trace and cut out. Just like in plastic surgery, you zig-zag a scar to break it up so the eye isn't automatically drawn to it. I checked my edges and glued down anything that was lifting.
Next, I took a piece of painters tape and laid it over the chip. I used my nail to trace the broken line, really getting in there for an exact imprint. Then I used my pencil to trace that line.
Next, I laid the tape on the veneer strip, and cut. If you are using this product or anything else with a grain, place your tape across the piece in a way that will match your grain direction on the furniture. (I didn't on the first one, and you will see where I went wrong.)
I checked it for fit, then took a hot iron to it. Since this has an adhesive already built in, it just needs to be heated up enough to melt it. The setting was on cotton-high. I used a piece of tin foil to protect my patch from the iron. (For salvaged veneer, use Gorilla Wood Glue, or hide glue for the best adhesion. You don't need much...a thin layer on the patch and on the area to be glued.)
This is where I biult up its legs. I used the JB Weld that I used to fix my chipped lamps.
Then I sanded everything down.
Here I am 98% done. I still have to poly the drawers and get the hardware back on. The color is Red Mahogany by Minwax. First 2 are the close up of my patches.
UPDATE: Thank you all so much for the sweet comments on my little dresser! Here's an update of the completed piece.
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