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Old 07-09-2013, 09:46 PM  
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I inherited a chest that my great grandfather built back in 1967, a beautiful piece but it sat at my mothers house for the last 20-30 years until she passed this year. Well it got a little banged up and the finish is not great anymore. My question is do any of you guys have any experience with getting dents out of wood? I heard you could use an iron or a steamer to pull them instead of sanding it. Also I think it has a lacquered finish that I would like to recoat, I don't want to sand it all down if not needed but just lightly sand and put on another coat. What do you think?



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Old 07-09-2013, 10:21 PM  
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Sorry you lost your mother. Your grandfather did some nice work and as it is almost 50 years old, I would not refinish it. This could be treasure in the future, worth more with the dents and scratches.

BTW, most wood can be brought back with water, but the finish has to be off. Take a peice of wood and strick the corner with a hammer, soak that corner with a wet rag and then hammer the flat surfaces (sides) until the corner regains it's shape, when dry it will stick out a little so it can be sanded to the original size.

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that's a beautiful piece of furniture. I hesitate to just call it a chest. The inlay work is superb and trying to remove the dents with water may , and probably would, damage them. I would leave it alone. Even the finish looks OK., but if you want to refinish it and you know its lacquer for sure, clean the surface with mineral spirits to remove any wax or dirt on it, then very lightly sand the surface with 400 grit paper and SPRAY it with a clear lacquer of the gloss you want. Personally, I would clean the surface and apply a coat of a good hard furniture wax that needs to be rubbed out ( such as "johnsons paste wax "

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