I'm working on repairing an "heirloom" desk -- it's not really valuable but
has great sentimental value for our family. It's clear that in some areas
the best technique is to completely recover it with a new veneer and that's
what I'm doing for the entire top. But other, smaller, and more highly
shaped areas wouldn't be easy to veneer and I don't want to change the
entire appearance anyway.
One possibility is to completely sand the previous finish off, putty the
damage, and then re-stain the whole piece. This is more labor than I'd
really like to do SO ... it seems that the best technique for filling in
scratches, gouges, and dents is a combination of putty for deep repair plus
burn-in sticks for the surface. So far my trials (on the top which is going
to be recovered anyway) are very disheartening and I need to get much
smarter on using the burn-in sticks.
From what I've done so far, it looks like large areas are relatively easy to
handle but the small dings and scratches are beyond my skill. Does anyone
know of any books or on-line resources that contain detailed descriptions of
the process with good information on (a) protecting the surrounding area and
(b) getting the repair really level?