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Repairing Bubble in Wood Veneer Furniture

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When the thin layer of finish wood on furniture is raised up, it can be difficult to repair. This page is about repairing bubble in wood veneer furniture.


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August 26, 2017

I have old bubbles on my veneer coffee table caused by a plant. How can I fix this?


August 26, 20170 found this helpful

You need to open the bubbles with the edge of a putty knife, fill in the bubbles with resin glue, let dry, and down, and refinish. Complete instructions are here:http://homeguid  bling-42883.html

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August 26, 20170 found this helpful

To repair a veneer blister, carefully slit it open with a razor knife. Then use a glue syringe or a toothpick to apply yellow carpenter's glue beneath the veneer. Press down lightly on the blister to spread the glue. Cover the repair with wax paper and a flat wood block, then clamp the blister flat.

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August 26, 20170 found this helpful

It is best to place a damp cloth over the bubble and make a slit in the bubble using a knife to release the air. Afterwards, fill the area with white wood glue and press the veneer in place. Set a heavy object on the bubble for 8 hours to ensure the glue sets properly.

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September 23, 2008

How do I remove a raised circle on a pecan veneer table left by a water glass? It is not a white circle.

Janet from Birmingham, Alabama


September 23, 20082 found this helpful

This is a rather complex furniture repair issue and ideally should be left to professionals (depending upon the quality and value of the table). In answering, I'll assume the table isn't a valuable antique.


Try using a pressing cloth over the bubble with another, single-layer towel on top, and taking your iron on "steam" setting, try and warm the bubble sufficiently to re-activate the old veneer glue underneath and re-press the bubble back down.

You will likely have to put something weighty on top until the glue is dry again. Be careful not to place something so heavy that it indents the now softened wood.

If that doesn't work, you might try using a very sharp blade to slice a small spot @ the edge of the bubble, and using that slight opening to insert an amount of thinned wood glue using a syringe or metal needle-nose paint applicator (craft store have these). Weight the bubble until glue is sufficiently dry, again, taking care not to leave an indentation mark. (This will work best if the veneer is warmed and more pliable, as above.)

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

Oooooh That sounds as if it is pretty bad. Perhaps you can call an antique store, and ask what they use to repair furniture that is in this condition. Or a Furniture restorer might be willing to share a hint or two. Look in the phone book for someone near you.


Guess about the best thing you can do is to place a large flower arrangement on that area of the table. Or a glass dish with several sizes of candles, and some little rocks, or sea glass.
If you can sit something there to cover it, or to disguise the marred place, it will keep people's eyes off the bad part of the table.

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August 24, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you so much. This does sound very reasonable and will give it a try. Thrift store dining table so I am not worried about failure. Will see where this leads me!

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April 16, 2009

I put a plant on my oak dinning table and it left water marks and lifted the veneer up to a bulge. Any suggestions for how to level the bulge?


By Elaine McCurry from Ruskin, FL


April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Here is a link to a web page about repairing different types of wood furniture, there is a big section dedicated to veneer.  es.htm/printable

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