I am by no means an expert woodworker however, this is what I do. I strip the old finish off (some think this is criminal..but it is my property now). Next, I lightly (remember LIGHTLY) sand the stock. Run a damp cloth over entire stock and let dry (this will bring out fibers that look like hair) then knock them off with finishing paper of 0000 steel wool. Repeat this till you get tired of doing it. I then use a steam iron (not the one that your wife uses..well, my wife does not use an iron anymore..stock iron was purchased at an auction for a few bucks). Take the damp cloth previously used place on area to be lifted, put hot iron on cloth and leave for 15 to 30 seconds. Check dent, try till results are achieved. When dents are fixed and stock is dry use 0000 steel wool again. Before applying finish make sure sanding dust is removed with a tac cloth. Apply the finish you desire. May not be the perfect or best way but it does work. MHO. You may also want to check some of the woodworking forums for other ways. BTW...I have pulled out some pretty deep dents and even those with broken fibers..just takes time.
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Last edited by xring3; 09-05-2013 at 11:51 PM.