Scratches and Dents out of pine?

I have some pine wood that has some deep surface scratches and dents. I would like to get them out the best I could before I stain and finish the wood. What is the best way to get scratches and dents out of pine? Some of the the scratches may be as deep as 1/16 of an inch.
Someone said heat from an iron and steam. Is that right?
Harry
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why not just sand it? water/ steam will help take the dents out , since pine swells quite a bit when it gets wet
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He'll have to do both: The steaming will help reduce the dents, but if they're deep, they can't be lifted entirely, and the steaming process will also raise the grain, so the wood has to be re-sanded anyway.
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Steam will get out a dent, but a gouge is a different scenario. Steam will take the compressed dented material and allow it to expand back to the original space. If it is gouged and material is removed, you won't get very good results.
I'd probably plane it or run it through the planer but I do woodworking as a hobby and most homeowners don't have those tools. Maybe you know someone that does? Two light passes will dress it up nicely.
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I run into this all the time with our stripping of wood work for staining. I use Zar wood patch, which is ok for staining, and then sand, stain, and finish with polyurethane. It provides some character to the wood surface, but the patch does take the stain. And character is what you get with wood grain anyway, so if the surface is smooth, it ends up looking real good. --Phil
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Thanks Phil - This is what I want to hear. Zar Wood Patch. I will get some today. Where? Lowes? Walmart? Ace? That is all I want to do - make a smooth table top - stain it - clear finish it. Harry
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We get our Zar products at a particular (paint products) store here in Youngstown. Also, you should read wood patch cans carefully to find some patch which says it will take stain. Then, of course, you could experiment on a scrap of wood to see how well it works. --Phil
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Most fillers take stain differently than wood despite label claims. Some fillers can be tinted prior to applying to get close to desired color. Maybe www.refinishwizard.com forum has something of interest.
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