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Old 03-13-2010, 03:50 PM   #1
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i have a beautiful wooden chest which is slightly stained that took an impact from a falling object and have no idea how to repair it. the damage is about 1/16inch deep and appx 1 inch wide. any ideas?


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i have a beautiful wooden chest which is slightly stained that took an impact from a falling object and have no idea how to repair it. the damage is about 1/16inch deep and appx 1 inch wide. any ideas?


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Post some photoes so we can see the exact type of damage that has occurred.
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Thank you ron, i took several with and without flash.














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The only way I see to make the damage disappear is to reveneer the flat panel. Fill the depression in with a wood filler and sand the whole panel to give it some roughness. You can buy veneers on the internet for various applications. Some are contact cemented down, some are ironed down. Pick your poison. After it's in place either stain it or just poly it, depending on the closeness of a color match.
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Put some oil on it. Call it 'Patina' and call it a day.
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thank you ron for getting back with me

im pretty sure its not veneer, its solid wood. Do you still suggest this remedy?
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im pretty sure its not veneer, its solid wood. Do you still suggest this remedy?
Regardless of it's original construction, the solution doesn't change.
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ok, well i suppose ill have to look into some veneer.

Thanks ron for your advice.
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Can you flip it over?
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the other side has my daughters name on it attached as a separate ornament and the center wood is recessed about 1/8 inch. the top has rounded edges. Its a custom built chest. Im considering talking to the man who built it but ashamed to tell him i wasnt careful enough around it.

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You have a family favorite there---
A furniture repairman could make that dent disappear in a hurry,using a shellac stick--sometimes called a burn-in stick.

The technique takes some practice --I have used them many times and I still have difficulty making a blemish look right.

Your best tool for this job might be to call a god furniture store and ask if their repairman could fix your piece.

Time to call a PRO--Mike--
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im going to put a call into a pro asap and weigh my options.

I appreciate all the info, im in no way a woodworker, wish i was.
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as mike advised call a pro.

you could call the maker, ask if he would like to take a look or recommend someone. I think if you explain how this piece has become a valued family treasure...he might want to take a peak and offer his advise.

I suspect the center panel with the damage is oak veneered plywood; a good furniture/cabinet grade maybe 7 ply.

The tricks used for a good restoration will depend on the depth of the damage. If the damage is down to the next ply the restoration might be a little involved.

Know that expensive doors and cabinets are not trashed when a little "Life" happens to them.. tools in the quick fix it before anybody sees it restoration tool box include water to raise the grain.. 0000 steel wool , mineral spirits, lacquar thinner, boiled lindseed, old tooth brushes, magic markers and crayons of all colors, wax, ..etc..

Knowing what will work is a hands, eyes on and experiance thing. Not a good DIY project for prized items and tecniques with a learning curve.

good luck and let us know how it goes.

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