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Video:Fix Dents in Wood Furniture

with Richard Hudson

Fixing a scratch or dent in a piece of antique furniture can cost a fortune if you go to a professional. Fortunately, it's easy to fix dings or dents with a few household supplies. See how it's done.See Transcript

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Transcript:Fix Dents in Wood Furniture

Hi, my name is Richard Hudson for About.com Home. I'm going to show you how to touch up the scratches and cracks on a piece of antique furniture, which would enable you to save several hundred dollars without damaging your antique.

The mahogany veneer has shrunk because of the dryness in the room, and cracks have opened in the veneer. Well be coloring the cracks to make them less evident. We have here holes in the veneer, and well be filling these holes with wax, which will be colored to match the surrounding woodwork.

Supplies for Fixing Furniture

You'll need several household items, such as an iron; a piece of flexible metal such as the back of a spoon or a flexible putty knife; something like an old sock; perhaps some brown shoe polish; felt-tip pens in black and brown; special marking pens for wood touch-up; wax pencils which have been specially prepared for filling small cracks in wood.

Keep Touch-Ups Small

You want to keep your touch-ups as small as possible, so there will be less for the eye to pick up. Also, the eye picks up something lighter more easily than it does something darker. So you'll aim for the exact color, or perhaps a little darker.

Color in Scratches

I'm coloring in with the lightest of the three colors to attempt to make the light-colored scratches as dark or darker than the surrounding wood. Then I can wipe away the excess with my fingertip.

Fill Holes With Wax

I'm rubbing wax into the hole to bring the wax up to a level slightly higher than the surrounding wood. When you've built up what appears to be enough wax to fill the hole, then you can break off a little piece and warm it on the end of a spoon. You want to smooth it out so that the smooth finish is at the same level as the surrounding wood.

Remove Excess Wax

Well take a single-edge razorblade and, when this is cool, were going to shave off the excess. Buff away what you don't need, and then color in what areas you think need a little additional work. >br>
The beauty of this is you can do it yourself for 10-15 dollars worth of materials and save yourself a lot of money.

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