How to Repair Kitchen Work Tables

What You'll Need
Kitchen work table
Nails or screws
Wood glue
Claw hammer or pry bar

Kitchen work tables are wooden or metal structures that provide additional work space in the kitchen. The most common type are butcher block tables that can be wheeled into a space and used to prepare vegetables, meats or other parts of a meal. Repairing a kitchen work table is the same process as repairing any other type of table in your home. For this how-to article we will focus strictly on the repair of a wooden kitchen work table. Although some of the ideas are similar for a metal kitchen work table, there are more tools and process that is required to repair metal tables and depending on the extent of the damage you may consider replacing the broken metal kitchen table as oppose to taking the time to repair one. This how-to will discuss general tips and ideas for repairing a broken wooden kitchen work table.

Step 1 - Purchase Materials for Work Table Repair

You will need to purchase from a hardware store or home improvement center the materials needed for the repair of the wooden kitchen work table. This includes matching wood pieces, nails or wood screws and glue. 

Step 2 - Identify the Repair Item on the Wooden Kitchen Work Table

You will need to make an assessment of the wooden kitchen work table in order to determine what needs to be repaired and how to approach the repair of your table. The piece that needs to be repaired, be it a broken leg, cross beam or other piece of the wooden kitchen work table will need to be removed and replaced with a different piece that you will make out of the wood stock that you purchased in Step 1.

Step 3 - Remove the Damaged Piece

Take the damaged wood piece from the kitchen work table and place it in a recycling bin. The piece will need to be cut away with a saw if it is not attached with screws or nails. If it is attached with screws, use a screwdriver to remove the screws and wedge the piece away from the work table. If the damaged piece is attached with nails use a pry bar and gently apply pressure in order to loosen the damaged piece away from the wooden kitchen work table. When using a pry bar make sure to apply the lever away from your eyes. It is also a good idea to wear eye protection when working with tools that may potentially cause harm to your face.  

Step 4 - Make a Replacement Piece

With the damaged piece removed from the kitchen work table, take the form and cut out a replacement piece using a circular saw. Sand and finish the new piece in order for it to be placed in the kitchen work table.

Step 5 - Place the New Piece on the Table

With the new wooden piece created and finished, place it on the table and fasten it in the same manner that the old piece was removed.