Chances are that you will need to completely sand the surface of the
countertop down past the gouges.
The sad part here is that usually this sort of thing is a veneer.
Rubbed gouges can SOMETIMES be repaired by a damp cloth and a steam iron but
rarely do they look good at all.
If the grain is broken at all (rough) then forget it.
Is it possible that you could post a photo of it somewhere?
Another thing, try posting your question in rec.woodworking.
Lots of guys in there that really know their stuff.
You can post a photo to:
Photos of the whole cabinet and then the countertop and then the damage. try
to keep the file size under control and the photos nice and crisp.
Let us know when you get them up.
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