Repair a wooden table top

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Repairing a Table Top

No matter how tough your wooden table is, everyday household items such as trivets, dishes or candlesticks can cause scratches, dents and burns. With a little TLC and the Dremel 400 Series XPR Rotary Tool, you can repair your table and make it look like new.

Before you begin, take part of the table to a paint store to get a matching stain to ensure the section you refurbish matches the existing stain.

What you need:  
Dremel 400 Series XPR
#511 medium/course abrasive buff
#512 fine abrasive buff
#432 sanding drum
#225 Flex-Shaft
• Wood putty
• Fine sandpaper
• Rubber gloves
• Stain and varnish

First, clean the damaged area with mineral spirits and a clean rag. If the table has a light scratch, use #512 fine abrasive buff to gently rub the marred area, moving the tool with the grain – this should only take a few seconds, depending on the size of the scratch. For a medium scratch or deep gouge, try #511 medium or course abrasive buff. Fill the hole with wood putty. Be sure to use several layers of putty as it shrinks during the drying process.

Next, using the #432 drum sander, lightly smooth the dried putty to match the surrounding surface. Feather the repaired area into the undamaged area with very light sanding. Once complete and free of sandpaper debris, stain the repair and allow it to dry. Several coats of stain may be needed to match the repaired area to the existing tabletop. Apply several thin coats of varnish. After drying, rub with fine steel wool.

*Repairing a tabletop that has been dented or gouged is made easier with the Dremel Flex-Shaft. Consider using the attachment for added flexibility and control.
Refinishing a Chandelier

I live near a resort community that has twice yearly clean up weekends.  The trash on those weekends is often filled with interesting treasures and project ideas.  My husband and I found an old wrought iron chandelier sitting out in the rain just getting rustier. It had a lot of character, so we picked it up to see what could be salvaged and refinished for display in our sun porch.

The paint was peeling off and it was covered with rust spots.  My husband encouraged me to take it on as a project. He agreed to do the electrical work if I could make it presentable. So out I went and bought the Dremel 400 Series XPR. I used the Flex-Shaft and small wire brushes to get into all the fixtures nooks and crannies to remove the rust. In no time, the chandelier was clean enough to spray paint. It turned out great!

The icing on the cake was after we hung it in the sun porch I saw the exact same chandelier in a photo in a Better Homes and Gardens magazine article - described as an antique fixture.

- Karen Yancy, Millsboro, DE

Have a project that showcases the control and flexibility of your Dremel tool? Want to show off your handiwork? E-mail a digital image of your project and a brief summary of how you made the piece (250 word maximum, please!). If we select your project to showcase, we’ll send you the new 300 Series Dremel Tool!

I have a collection of wine bottle corks that are very artistic and would like to enhance them into a larger collage. Do you have any suggestions for projects using cork?

- Joanne Crawford, e-mail


Projects with cork are a great idea! We've seen carved-cork lapel pins, refrigerator magnets, wine bottle stoppers, wall hangings, bulletin boards and even caricatures created with a Dremel. We have many suggestions for which accessories you can use to work with cork. To carve cork, try high-speed cutters #118 and #191, small engraving cutters #106 and #107, the #430 drum sander, #7144 diamond wheel point and #83322 silicon carbide grinding stone. To drill a hole in cork, try the 7-piece Dremel bit set #628. Last, if you want to cut the cork, a #420 cut-off wheel or #426 fiberglass reinforced cut-off wheel can help with the job (they each require a #402 mandrel). Whatever accessories you choose, it’s best to practice on some extra cork to get a feel for which accessories will work appropriately for your project.

Remember to go slow without applying pressure – let the Dremel do the work for you.

Thanks for the question – we are always on the lookout for new project ideas, so stay tuned for some more cork ideas!

Dremel will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2007, and we are looking for Dremel users to give us a year’s worth of projects — big and small — to showcase the many uses for rotary tools. Send your project ideas via e-mail to, or via regular mail at Dremel Million Uses, c/o JSH&A, 2 TransAm Plaza Drive, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.