Suggestions on refinishing a neck

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  1. (sic)assMFKR

    (sic)assMFKR Sauceberry

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    Ok so I am trying to refinish an old Peavey Vortex 1. I want to do a danish oil finish on the neck so I stripped it down to bare wood only to find that the wood has all kinds of dents and small chunks out of it, so I used some elmers wood filler to fill all the dents and chunks in and sanded it smooth. I then used the danish oil, sanded and buffed the neck, but the spots where the wood filler is kinda look shitty. Any advice on how to make the filler less noticable?
     
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    unless you sand through the dents, youre kinda screwed.

    sorry.
     
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    You might be able to remove the dents with steam. Soak a towel in warm water, and using an iron (the kind you use on clothing) on its hottest setting, briefly touch a dent with the iron/towel so as to apply steam to the dented area. Like a sponge, wood is porous, and when it gets dented, the pores are compressed. Steam opens the pores back up and lifts the dents. Chips and gouges are a different story, because in those cases, wood is actually removed and cannot simply be "reinflated."

    You should sand the neck down to bare wood before you do it for best results. Experiment with scrap wood before you touch the neck, though; the wood can start to burn if the iron is on it for too long.
     

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