What haveyou got to lose by starting with some 600 grit wet or dry? Get
rid of everything that you don't like, and then rebuild until you
aresatisfied. It won't hurt if you possessartistic skills--as apainter
with acrylics, for instance. If not, call on someone who does. Polish
As someone who does this kind of work, I'd try steaming first, and see
if that swells the dent.
I'd then try a stain match for the very small area where bare wood
shows, applied with an artist's brush.
Then I'd tell you to accept it as part of the story of the piece, and
live with it.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to
read. - Groucho Marx
Thanks Dave and all others for their comments and the benefit of their experiences.
Is clear the preferred approach is hire an experienced professional - the VOE is loud and
Will find suitable scraps to try the several techniques on and see how they turn out.
How about looking around the piece back or bottom for a bit of
"replacement wood" and replacing that small piece (rather like an
"inlay"). Use gouges throughout. Finish to taste.
The colors will probably blend better (as the piece darkens over time),
so you may wish to plan for that. Worth it? Probably not. But for the
hobbyist, it's may be a fun project. Surely it will add to the pride of
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