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Blog entry by captferd posted 254 days ago 1447 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes you end up with a little dent and its always in the spot it will show the most. There are several ways to get rid of them, but here is the way I do it the most. I’ve actually tried sanding them flat only to end up with a bump. This is were the dented wood is still there and the finishing process caused it to raise. So its sometimes beneficial to address a dent and fix it unless you want an eyesore that you’ll see every time you look at your project.

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-- CaptFerd



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 254 days ago

I’ve been doing this for a while ,it actually works better if you get it wet first with water,that help expand the grain faster.
You can also just use drops of hot water from the micro wave.
Thanks for sharing this.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 254 days ago

I’ve seen this alcohol trick before, as well as the water one, and I prefer the water solution.
I set the dent as level as possible, fill it with water & let it soak in, then use a 15 watt / 30 watt soldering iron to stream the water. The 15 watt setting doesn’t burn the wood, and the dent steams out very well for me so far. Sometimes, just hot tap water is all that is needed, depending on how big the dent us.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 254 days ago

That’s true Oldtool I have use the same method except after filling thr dent with water I use a damp towel and a Iron set to it hottest setting.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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quartrsawn

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#4 posted 254 days ago

Hot iron tricks works… have used it for years.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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bobasaurus

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#5 posted 254 days ago

I wet dents with water and use a heat gun. Usually pops them right up, then I can sand to blend it in. Just had to do this yesterday for a piece of cottonwood I dented with the edge of a hand plane.

-- Allen, Colorado

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captferd

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#6 posted 253 days ago

Thanks everyone for taking your time to comment. Lots of good extra information on the subject. One thing that did slip my mind was getting the dent wet at first. I did spend a little more time than it would normally take. Thanks again.

-- CaptFerd

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stefang

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#7 posted 253 days ago

Thanks captfred. That’s one way I didn’t know about. it seems to work real well, especially considering that a lot of that dent was end grain. I usually just use water, but I don’t normally heat it. I just keep rewetting until the dent swells all the way out. I guess heat is a lot faster.

an interesting variation on the theme is to take a rounded end punch and punch a series of random or evenly spaced round dents in the wood on a turning or box top whatever. Then plane or sand the surface flat and wet with water, put a damp rag on top and iron it with your wife’s new iron (if you dare). The punched dents will rise above the flat surface and you will have a nice pimply surface to mystify your woodworking friends with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 253 days ago

Good one Mike
It seems like I,ve seen Roy Underhill use a similar technique to make a small water proof box for his wet stone.
If I remember right he used a cold chisel to flaten a groove all the way around the perimitor of the bottom and on the edges for the butt joint box ,then he did a light planing of the wood were he had dented the groove ,nailed it together and added water. The grooved areas swelled and made the box water proof. Pretty cool.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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stefang

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#9 posted 253 days ago

Brilliant Jim. What a great idea! The woodworking world has such a large untapped treasure of techniques, most of which we will never find out about because so many took their hard earned knowledge to the grave.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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