I deliberately dented the corner of the dovetail joint I showed earlier on in this article. This would have been a nasty piece of damage - imagine your crisp dovetailed drawer falling from the workbench to the floor. You wouldn't be happy.
If you have been lucky enough only to have compressed the timber, using a damp cloth and a hot iron can recover the situation. I keep an old domestic iron in the workshop as a regular part of the toolkit, just for these jobs.
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