If Your Wooden Furniture Starts To Crack, Take It Apart And Add A Smear Of Glue For Easy Fix

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

Fixing cracked wood is surprisingly easy, and it’s time for all of us to add it to our domestic upkeep toolkit!

Most of us have a working knowledge of basic home repairs, like plastering over a hole in the wall. Did you know that you can even use a crayon in a pinch?

But lots of us are still pretty intimidated by the task of repairing cracked wood, usually in furniture.

This problem is particularly common in outdoor furniture that’s exposed to the elements all the time, and it can seem like a doozy to fix.

Fortunately, we have the DIY strategy down pat, and it’s actually pretty easy.



  1. Removed the cracked section of wood from anything attached, and set apart. Make sure to keep any screws or nails you remove.
  2. Apply wood glue to the cracked wood, all along the inside of the break.
  3. Use a woodworking clamp to brace the section of wood, and ratchet it closed so that crack is held shut.
  4. Leave clamp on for 2 hours. Let dry for an additional 24 hours after the clamp is off.
  5. Return the section of wood to where it came from and fix back into place!

Do you have cracked wood in need of repair in your home? Give this technique a whirl, and don’t forget to SHARE with friends and family!

Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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