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Winter 2013-2014

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Iron Out Those Dents

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Iron Out Those Dents


Here’s a classic tip that everyone should know: It’s not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it’s not hard to get one out, either. All you need is a household iron (don’t worry, it won’t get wrecked, but you may want to ask permission if it’s not yours) and a damp cloth. Put a couple drops of water onto the dent and let it soak for a minute. Then lay the damp cloth over the dent and press the hot iron over it. The water in and around the dent is heated to steam which quickly swells the wood fibers back to their original shape.Don’t over do it with the iron. Once you see the steam, remove the iron and cloth and give the fibers a little time to swell. If the dent isn’t completely gone after the first try, repeat the process. A little light sanding completes the repair.


This story originally appeared in American Woodworker August 2000, issue #81.

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A household iron and a damp rag are all you need to repair most dings and dents.


Yes, these really are genuine before and after photos.