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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?
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How to Fix Wood Scratches | Ask This Old House



  1. Remember, the damage is always there! It's just an illusion I was taught this by a master finisher!
    Thank You Francis P.!

  2. He is using Mohawk markers and fill sticks by Mohawk!

  3. I did something like this a month ago with plans from Woodglut.

  4. What is the name of the first product he used to remove abrasions?

  5. Excellent video. Now i have to get busy. 👍❤️

  6. I'm glad I found this video, have a few spots in my oak floor this will help. THANKS ATOH love you guys

  7. @ This Old House just watch this weeks show,season 43 episode 25. Where does Kevin get off calling Tom “pops”? How disrespectful. Plus it makes him sound like a jackass. He should apologize for his disrespect.

  8. Nathan needs his own show , he's a natural!!

  9. My outside faucet’s handle is broken. It is hard to turn on and off. Can we just change the handle only? Please advise. Thank you.

  10. How about real life dog paw scratches on doors ?

  11. Very big thumbs down on what was my favorite show for over 40 years allowing norn Abraham to leave with no mention from any of the cast members or producers the man was this old house every week he and Bob villa would work on all types of houses giving the public there first look at life on a construction sight showing home owners that they had the ability to do some of this work that had been clouded in mystery for so long norm was a pleasant intelligent soft spoken man who was a magician with wood his knowledge in the early episodes from a you man who had never done television had what seemed like a contractor and home owner in Bob they gave generations of viewers the feeling that they could tackle some of this work or at least no. What the pros where talking about norm where ever you go of to I thank you and Bob for showing me things that others in the trades didn't want to show anyone I started in construction the year this old house premiered the first house was right down the street from my house my grand father because of his name got and invitation to the grand opening and I went with him I met Bob villa and norm just because we had the same first and last name as the producer it was a different world then and you kept us up to new techniques and advancement in tools I felt proud of my trade because of you so thank you master carpenter norm Abram in my opinion and entire episode should be done for you all of the how to shows that came after and the warehouse stores owe you there lively hood the first and definitely the best God bless norm and bob

  12. Hey guys, let's lift the whole heavy chair onto the table, and then remove the top half and lower it back down to the ground, instead of just taking off the top of the chair on the ground.

  13. What is the kind of paper/cloth used in there to apply the tint?!

  14. Don't stain your wood, find natural colors that work for you. Then use a hardwax oil. When the wood is scratched or there abrasions, simply sand the area down and add a hardwax oil only to the areas that you sanded.
    Make it easy.

  15. Can you please address how to remove a heat stain on a table top?

  16. Very interesting video, very informative.

  17. Amateur scratches!

    Come to my house and I'll show you some REAL scratches! I have two cats that have scratched nearly every wood surface within reach throughout my house!

  18. The ginger puts his oily finger on the raw wood

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