Ironing my Wood: Fixing Dents in Timber

Date Posted:12 October 2015 


We have all been there, working with timber when all of a sudden you drop something on it that causes a dent. Cursing and stamping your feet you think it’s stuffed what an idiot….hang on you may be able to get this to spring back using an iron.

Timber is made from a series of fibres so when you create a dent you are crushing these fibres. As long as the fibres aren’t severed you may be able to fix it. We want the wood fibres to spread out so the dent goes away.

Equipment needed

  1. Household Iron
  2. Clean Soft Cleaning Cloth
  3. Spray bottle filled with water

 

Step 1

Spray a little bit of water on the area. As we all know moisture expands with moisture and it will expand quickly when it’s hot moisture.

Step 2

Soak the cleaning cloth in water as well and place over the area. You can find the amount of water you have used may be enough to cause the expansion needed to bring the dent out.

Step 3

Make sure you have turned the iron on so when it’s hot, start applying to the damp cloth. Be very careful though as too much heat and moisture will cause the timber to warp especially if it’s thin timber. May be prudent to try on a test piece first.

Step 4

Once you are happy with the result then you may need to sand the surface smooth or not depending on the result.

 

This process works on small dents but not large ones where the fibres have been severed. You may need to employ other patching techniques to hide these ones such as fillers or small pieces of timber glued in place.


Comments (1)

Nice wide board floo

28 December 2015
Nice wide board flooring looks like at least 150 mm sorry 6 in wide, also looks like stptoed gum.Vertical grained timber wall panels don’t work for me, colour too close to floor but different timber or may be limed. Ceiling panels work.Darker timbers like the table top work well against the floor.Wegner Y chairs work anywhere

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