My grandson used a biro on a sheet of paper on my wooden coffee table.
Unfortunatly he pressed so hard there is a small indent where the pen went,
akthough the wood is not scratched.
Anyway to raise this small groove back up ?
I found this :-
Suggestions on "Removing" Dents in Wood
by Bill Tindall, Don Henthorn, Stephen Shepherd and Rod Cole
I use a soldering iron and a thick absorbent rag. Wet rag, apply rag to
dent, apply soldering iron to rag and make steam, lots of steam. It will
work so long as grain is not torn. It is quite rewarding to watch. What
happens is that the steam softens (plasticizes) the cellulose in the wood.
In this softened state the wood can relax back to its pre-dented state. Wait
for it to dry before sanding.
A regular iron for ironing clothes will do also.
Stephen Shepherd in Utah:
Use a smooth textured cloth or it may leave an imprint in the surface. Keep
the moisture localized to the dent and apply heat only where necessary.
I find that frequently, all you need to do is put a small amount of hot
water on the ding, maybe a couple of times, but without the bother of an
An advantage of the soldering iron, flat iron, or even edge bander is
quicker drying after treatment. The wood is reasonably dry after steaming
and it can be sanded in an hour or two. I gather a 1/4 inch thickness of
soggy rag, apply rag and heat and leave the heat on till the rag is nearly
dry. This leaves the wood nearly dry, and warm to enhance further drying.
Wife's hair dryer get called on to finish drying when the rush is on. Of
course the "rush" is probably where the dent came from to begin with.
. . . By Bill Tindall, Don Henthorn, Stephen Shepherd and Rod Cole
Sorry about this, I am not really having a dig at anyone in particular, but
I am truly fascinated to learn as to why people give a link to a website in
a posting and then copy and paste what it says on the website, chapter and
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