I built some mission style benches a few months ago, turned out really
really nice. Built all out of Oak, used Watco Danish oil for a subfinish,
then used a poly shade to get the right depth of color. Finally got
everything right and they look awesome. I used oak plywood for the top of
the bench as I liked that idea of a single grain pattern across the bench.
I edge banded the sides with oak and put 4" cleats around the edges behind
the edge band for added strength. They do not move, bend, flex with 3 heavy
adults sitting on them, they're awesome!
Walking past them the other night and I notice a blemish on the surface.
Upon closer inspection, it looked like someone had dented the wood. The
size is about the same as a dime, but what's happened as I guess the oak
veneer had a small bubble or depression underneath it, and the veneer has
caved into the depression. My first thought was to pump glue into the space
to fill in the void and lift the veneer, but I don't know if that will work
as there's several coats of poly on top of it and the surrounding wood is
pretty stiff, not like an unfinished veneer.
so the question is how to repair this? I've thought about making a small
template, taping it to the bench, and then using a router, rout out the area
and fill in with a patch. I then have to re-stain and re-poly the area but
I'm worried about getting the same color with the watco and poly shade.
Any ideas? And BTW - Does Oak plywood usually have these problems? That
was probably the flaw in my design, using that instead of edgegluing some
stock together. I was just trying to save wood for future projects that
Thanks in advance