How to Fix Baseboards with a Repair Patch | This Old House


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In this video, This Old House’s Tom Silva patches a baseboard using a Dutchman—a wood repair patch that is glued into a custom-cut hole.

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It’s easier to patch imperfections and holes in baseboards than to replace the entire piece. In older homes, replacing it entirely risks damage to the plaster, and can be a difficult process if the baseboard is tucked behind the wood floor.

Also, finding a molding profile that matches the existing trim can be challenging at best – and costly if it requires having the trim custom made. For these reasons, Tom Silva prefers to patch the baseboard with a dutchman – a wood repair patch that is glued into a custom-cut hole.

Instead of cutting the patch to match the hole, Tom cuts the hole to match the patch. He uses a simple custom-made template and routers to cut the hole.

Cost: $50
Time: 2-3 hours
Skill level: Moderate

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Wood glue []
Wood for patch (match species of trim as best you can) []
¾” plywood, MDF, or similar large enough to cover hole and provide a shelf or the router to ride on []
½” or ¾” top-bearing flush cutting router bit or guide bushing and straight bit []
Primer []
Paint []

Router []
Dust extractor []
Hammer [[
Chisel []
Random orbit sander []

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