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Fixing Dents and indentations in wood
July 6, 2012
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Does anyone know if there is some way of treating the wood stocks and forearms where they have been dented or the timber has been damaged in a crushing manner. Someone said you can use damp warm heat to try and get the timber to "swell"back.

July 6, 2012
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I have had success with minor dents by using a damp towel and then heating it with an clothes iron.

I have only done this on oil finished stocks, not on varnished finishes

July 6, 2012
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Thanks so Much. Do you have an idea when winchester started varnishing their lever action rifles? All of mine are pre 1928.
Many thanks.

July 6, 2012
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You will loose the finish but I used a hobby iron and the damp cloth years ago and it worked good. If grain has been broken like it got hit by something with a edge, the broken grain will always be visible even after you refinish.

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January 24, 2013
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There are shellac bar in several colours for repairs of dents and gnarls in furniture wood. You melt it into the wood as you would do when sealing a letter with wax. Having applied it and let it cold, you can form it with a fine file and then polish.

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January 24, 2013
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I saw a guy at a gun show filling scratches in a stock with that type of process.

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January 24, 2013
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Bob

You and I might have seen the same guy. He was plenty busy working right there at the shows the couple times I saw him.

Brad

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January 24, 2013
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Steam iron applied directly over the dent do not allow it to remain in one place long enough to burn.

You can take a drop of ethanol drop it on the wood in the dent allow it to soak in a sec or two and hit it with a match as the wood raises whip the fire out with a wet cloth.

I have used both in my woodworking for the last 44 years.

January 25, 2013
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I have used the iron and the damp cloth method a few times but you have to refinish the area afterwards.

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