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Thread: Dent in walnut

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    West Boylston Massachusetts

    Dent in walnut

    I have a dent in a piece of walnut. It is about 1/4 by 1/8 deep. Something must have bumped into it. Any suggestions on how to raise it?
    Thanks in advance, Kevin

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Perth, Australia
    Wet it, then steam it out with an iron.

    Regards from Perth


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
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    Steal the clothes iron out of the house. Dampen a piece of paper towel, lay it over the dent and steam-iron it. As long as the fibers are not torn it should restore completely.
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  4. #4
    Yep. But if your water has a lot of iron in it the wood will blacken. Found that out in a stay at Gramma’s house.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    North Alabama
    I need to do this often enough that I've got my own clothes iron in the workshop. I also keep distilled water on hand for avoiding any mineral/tannin reactions as Mel mentions when steaming out dents, raising grain, or mixing up dye.
    Chuck Taylor

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    Know your finish first. Beware that your steam does not cause a white spot or soften the finish and compromise the sheen.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Northeast Ohio
    Recently, I accidentally damaged a corner of a QSWO drawer. I was aware of the iron approach, but because it was a corner, that was impractical. To fix it, wet paper towels were placed on just the corner over about a two day period of time. The towels were not dripping wet but more than simply damp. They were re-dampened several times. The corner did return to very near normal. Can not say it was perfectly returned, but close enough that it was no longer noticeable.

    I see no reason that a wet paper towel covering just the dent would not work as it did for QSWO. I forgot to mention above, that the towels were covered with blue tape to hold it over the corner. The tape helps to retain the moisture some so the towel does not dry so quickly.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Peoria, IL
    The steam suggestions will only work for shallow dents with no broken fibers. If the fibers are broken they will continue to be broken and show as such when you swell the fibers around it. It will not disappear. At 1/8" deep, I imagine there are some broken fibers.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    McKean, PA
    What I do is put a drop or two of distilled water right into the dent. Let it set for a few hours and repeat if needed. I've never really had the need for steam.
    Lee Schierer
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