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Forum topic by Bstnsportsfan posted 05-02-2018 06:33 PM 1305 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2018 06:33 PM

Good afternoon.

My employer has a live edge table in our conference room that he bought from a local furniture store. Fast forward a few years and it has some awful scratches on the table. Some are deeper than others. In one spot you can see an email address imprinted into the wood where someone pushed a bit too hard when writing. The surface of the table does not appear to be where you can lightly sand out the scratches. Does anyone know how I could fix this table?

Thank you.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 05-02-2018 06:36 PM

Not sure the best way to fix the existing scratches, but after it is done I would look into a tempered glass top to protect it.

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#2 posted 05-02-2018 06:48 PM

The dents can be steamed out by laying a
wet (squeezed out) piece of cotton over
the dent and applying a hot iron. This forces
moisture into the dented wood cells and they
expand. It’s not a perfect method and it can
damage some finishes but I’ve had good luck
with it generally.

Scratches can be filled with furniture repair
crayons. There’s a whole industry of guys who
work out of vans repairing furniture on site
who do this sort of thing.

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#3 posted 05-02-2018 06:50 PM

If the scratches are into the wood, best to sand down the entire surface then coat it with a tougher finish, Varathane or another hard finish? I do believe a custom tempered glass top would most likely cost the same as a new table?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-02-2018 10:17 PM

I definitely would not recommend the hot cloth/steam iron. That’s too large of an area and you have no idea what that heat might do to the surrounding area. The last thing you need is a steam iron shaped mark on the table. You can try using just the tip of an iron, soldering iron, or something else small on a tiny area to see if it will have any effect without damaging the area around it.

It’s hard to say about the scratch based on just the photo. I can’t tell if it is actually going all the way through the color layer, or if that’s just the light playing on it. A wax fill will be a waste of time since it’s a surface that gets used. It’ll just rub out in no time. The problem is, wax fills are about the only repair that a novice can hope to pull off, and it also doesn’t require any special tools. Short of hiring someone to do a hard fill burn in, your best bet will simply to be to get yourself a touch up marker that’s close in color and fill in the color. It’ll still be visible to anyone looking at it, but at least it won’t stand out like it does now.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 05-02-2018 11:20 PM

What about a light sand and the a coat of epoxy clear finish over the whole top ?
I used mirror coat bar top finish and since it is clear and self leveling it will fail all voids and leave a perfect top
Very durable

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#6 posted 05-07-2018 09:35 PM

I appreciate the comments/suggestions and have passed them onto the business owner. I agree with you all, either top it with glass or deal with scratches. I also think the furniture pen is the best fix without spending $$$.

-- Chris

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