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Old 05-06-08, 08:22 AM
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Can I fix this desk? Beats me...

We inherited a used computer desk - one of those heavy press-board units with the hutch thing on top. It's similar in design to this:



It's in decent shape, and considering it's being stuck in an extra bedroom the few imperfections aren't that big of an issue.

However, one piece of the trim - it runs horizontally across the side edge of the desktop - is broken off on one side (see arrow for location) and I was wondering if I can buy a replacement piece to glue on?

Problem is I don't even know what to call it or where to look for it?
Or, is it not really an option?
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You could try someplace like Home Depot and see what they have in the lumber area. Perhaps a piece of shoe molding might work. Often they have scraps that can be bought for nearly nothing.
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Just buy a piece of molding that matches the color, cut to fit, and glue it on. Measure the height before you go out to get it. It's not structural and doesn't do anything.

By the way, you'll find "molding" at a "lumber store" or "lumber yard" or even a "Home Depot."

(Are most people really so 'handy-capped' these days???)
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It is called edge-banding. You can buy a piece at homedepot, stain it to match with red oak or golden oak stain, and press it on with a iron. It is typically used to cover the edge of a piece plywood.

If you can find a local cabinet shop supplier, they will have a large variety youcan purchase.

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Originally Posted by drmoze
By the way, you'll find "molding" at a "lumber store" or "lumber yard" or even a "Home Depot."

(Are most people really so 'handy-capped' these days???)
Yes. Yes I am.
I hate going in Home Depot without knowing what it is I'm looking for, because I hate having to describe things as "that flat thing that goes on the whatchamacallit, with the little curvy hook doo-dad." It kills my perceived cool.

Originally Posted by Pistol Pete
It is called edge-banding. You can buy a peice at homedepot, stain it to match with red oak or golden oak stain, and press it on with a iron.
Thanks! Now I can boldly go into Home Depot and ask where the edge-banding is.

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Originally Posted by 12thmonkey
Thanks! Now I can boldly go into Home Depot and ask where the edge-banding is.
It looks kinda like this. It is in the molding dept next to the lumber.

Try to find the oak veneer banding if you can. It will match better than the birch veneer.

Edited to add: It is unlikely that anyone at HD will know WTF you are referring to.

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if the break is not too bad you can try guerrilla glue
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Why bother? Just paint it with something to seal it, and call it done.
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Originally Posted by amd555
if the break is not too bad you can try guerrilla glue
Remember... If it doesn't have Che on the bottle, it's not real Guerilla Glue™!
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Originally Posted by Pistol Pete
It is unlikely that anyone at HD will know WTF you are referring to.
Exactly correct, I never ask for information when I am there. I either find it or I don't. I grew tired of being called "bud", "sport", "slick", "ace" or some other term of endearment between contractors. There is no one that works there that knows anything or is the least bit helpful.
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I prefer Lowe's.
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I say you put that side against a wall, and call it a day.

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Originally Posted by grrrah
I say you put that side against a wall, and call it a day.

Being anti-handy, that was my first thought.
Sadly, that's not an option...
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The piece you're looking for (if it is wood) is called "half round". Wood banding is to hide the end grain on plywood so you don't see the veneers. Any wood molding you get will have to be stained to match existing. You will not find a color match right out of the lumber yard.
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Nope. The piece he needs for the side is edge banding. The piece across the front is half round.

A little red oak stain on the oak veneer should match the desk well enough.

FWIW the original was probably not even a veneer, but a woodgrain sticker.

Wait. Is the other side flush or is there a protruding lip?

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If it's made by Sauder or the other company that sells the pressboard furniture; you can order the piece by calling up the company's 1-800 number.

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