Introduction: Tip for How to Remove Dents From Wood With Just an Iron

Step 1: Dented Wood

When it comes to making furniture, it is important to have wood that is free of dents and scratches. During this particular build, I accidentally laid a piece of wood on the ground and it got all dented up, but it can easily be salvaged! All that you need is an iron.

Step 2: Ironing Out the Dents

Once your iron is heated up, apply it to the dents and use the steam function directly on the dents. The steam and the hot iron will pop out most of the dents, unless they are really deep.

Step 3: Done

Most of my dents were just surface dents, so the board came out good as new!

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nsimpson4 made it! (author)2014-11-06

I used to work in a furniture factory, and we done this all the time. It's best to use a damp rag under the iron to prevent burning. Also, if you just have a small dent, you can just put a drop of two of water on it. In either case make sure it is fully dry before painting or staining ir it will ruin the finish.

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dmržljak made it! (author)2014-10-30

I just can't belive my eyes! Great job! You got my vote!

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Lady Microfleegie II made it! (author)2014-09-14

this is amazingly useful! thank you endlessly!

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CapnGonzo made it! (author)2014-09-05

Thanks for pointing that out cajunfid, ya definitely only do this to untreated wood to avoid damage. Yekreb, I'm not sure, I've done it to pine, and I've seen it done to a walnut rifle stock when it was being refinished. So it may work on hardwood since it worked on the walnut.

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yekreb made it! (author)2014-09-04

Will this work for hardwoods too? Like teak flooring.

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cajunfid made it! (author)2014-09-04

Nice job! I think it should also be understood that this works best on untreated/unstained wood. If the wood is stained there is the potential to cause hazing.

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karalalala made it! (author)2014-09-03

Very cool! Thanks!

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ThumbSucker made it! (author)2014-09-03

My computer seat leaves a mark on my wood, Ill try this later.

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seamster made it! (author)2014-09-03

Great tip!

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eagleknight made it! (author)2014-09-03

The alternate way is to get a paper towel or rag and make it damp. Then iron the areas. Be careful with an iron directly on the wood. You could get burn marks.

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CapnGonzo made it! (author)2014-09-03

No, I've done it a few times so far with no problems, but It may be possible, not sure.

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stubbsonic made it! (author)2014-09-02

does the heat and/or steam warp the shape of the board?

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