Bruised Tabletop.

Being involved in woodworking through wooden boats, this is not something that I have any experience in.
I picked up a mahogany table on the weekend and managed to put two bruises in the surface, while it was on the trailer. They are both about 15x30 mm and about 1 mm deep. Does anyone here know of a reasonable way to get the out, rather than sanding the entire surface back?
-- PyroJames Some days it's just not worth chewing through the restraints.
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Steaming might help, but also ruin the finish. All furniture needs character marks! Wilson

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This may not help whatever finish is on the table but short of filing in or sanding it out, it's worth a try.
Take a steam iron (yes your wife's best will work just fine). Lay a slightly dampened, soft white cloth over the scratch and then hold the steam iron over the cloth and scratch just high enough to concentrate some heat but not burn (iron on about medium). This will cause the vapor to penetrate into the scratched area and raise the grain. This may take several applications. I've done it and it's worked but does require some work to hide the scratch with stain and then recoating the spot with some finish.
Obviously, the heat and steam from the iron can cause white spots in the finish which when dry should vanish - but that's a whole different question - "How to repair xxxx finish"....
Bob S.

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Many thanks for this. It gives me details of what I thought had been mentioned to me long ago. I shall give it a try, and then see what is needed on the refinishing front.
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Try steaming them with a darmp cloth and a electric cloths iron
John
On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 14:50:01 -0000, "PyroJames"

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I did this trying to raise a dent with iron and damp cloth then grabbed some rottenstone and got the white haze out. Table had couple of other spots so SIL took over and no more hazy spots. Waxed the entire top and daughter walked in and commented "That table has never looked so good" and now he has the rest of the top to rub out.
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