| I made a error and could use some opinions.
| A table top under construction fell over and got a tiny nick.
| The water and heat trick didn't remove it. I didn't want to
| fill it or leave it so I sanded down around it. Now I have a
| shallow dish at most 1/32" deep and about 2" x 3" in my
| table top. It isn't noticeable but you can feel it if you run your
| hand over it. Also, a glass or cup will not sit properly on it.
| I wish I'd left the nick in there.
| Would you leave it, sand down the area around the dish to
| make it less apparent, or sand down the entire table top?
| All I have is an inexpensive pad sander. The table top is a
| soft pine with knots. Previous attempts to hand plane this
| wood were not good.
First, I'd think about flipping the top over and using the bottom.
Second, I'd plane the entire top down to flat and sand, or worst case sand
the entire top down to level. If you completely sand the top use a long
sanding block and 40-60 grit paper to do the initial leveling and then work
up through finer grades.
Third, cut a large knot out of another piece of pine, inlet it into the
depressed area, dress to flat.
Forth, turn back time and repeatedly steam the dent to raise it. I use a wet
wash cloth and a clothes iron in situations like this. It is rare that I
cannot get a dent to raise completely through repeated applications of
Fifth, turn back time and place the top so it cannot fall over. ;~)