Fill a gouge in your mahogany table with a wax fill stick.

Repairing a Gouged Mahogany Table

by Kim Blakesley

An unsightly gouge in the surface of your mahogany table is a tricky, yet fixable, repair. Even though the gouge has removed the stain and finish, a simple process exists to fill the area without sanding and refinishing the entire surface. This simple process uses a wax fill stick. Wax fill sticks are available in the woodworking section at your local home improvement center. They are sold in various colors, with one that is very close to the mahogany color.

Wash the area with mild soap and dry thoroughly. Allow the area to air dry before continuing.

Lightly color the gouge with a mahogany tone marker. Wipe excess from the surface with a piece of white felt or a soft pad.

Fill the gouge with a mahogany-colored wax fill stick. Position the wax fill stick perpendicular to the gouge. Push firmly and rub over the gouge with the end of the fill stick. The wax will fill in the gouge with some going on the surface.

Place a plastic card with a thin edge, such as a credit card or driver's license, on the table's surface next to the wax filler. Tilt the card at an approximately 20-degree angle and slide the edge of the card forward and backward along the surface of the table over the top of the wax. The edge of the card will shave the wax off the surface of the table.

Polish over the wax surface and surrounding area with a nylon scrubbing pad. The texture of the pad will remove any remaining wax from the surface of your table.

Lightly touch the surface of the wax with a mahogany tone marker. Dab over the entire area. When fixing a gouge on the edge of a mahogany table, the edge is usually darker. Dab any wax on the edge of the table with a black tone marker.

Rub over the fill area with a piece of white felt or soft pad to blend the coloring.

Allow the gouge area to dry 24 hours, then seal. Seal the area with paste wax or car polishing compound. Put a small amount of the chosen sealer on a clean, lint-free cloth. Rub the filled area with the sealer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the proper amount of time to allow the sealer to cure before wiping off.

Items you will need

  • Mild soap
  • Water
  • Container
  • Clean rag
  • Towel
  • Mahogany tone wood marker
  • Mahogany tone wax fill stick
  • Plastic card with thin edge
  • Nylon scrubbing pad
  • White felt or soft pad
  • Paste wax or car waxing compound
  • Soft, lint-free cloth


  • For small gouges or chips that have only removed the clear finish, fill the chip with a few drops of clear fingernail polish. When dry, sand lightly with 600-grit sandpaper until the spot is flush with the surrounding area. Restore the shine by rubbing the area with paste wax and 0000 steel wool or auto polish and a rag.

About the Author

Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

Photo Credits

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