Picked up a Peter Hvidt chest that had been in storage for quite some time and has taken a bit of a beating. Planning on giving it a once over - the top is quite dinged up with dark scratches and marks. Questions are:
• Any advice for working out the dings along the front tapered edge?
• Want to confirm sanding is the best way to eliminate the scratches on top - there is no "gentler" approach to remove them? For the most part they aren't very deep - can barely feel a divot when running a fingernail over them. The chest is solid wood correct? Not veneer? Just want to be cautious as the drawer faces are veneer.
• The other two Hvidt chests we have were missing the legs when we bought them. At $200 for the pair we weren't going to complain. I'm unsure if the original legs were teak - it's hard to tell from the ones on our other chest as they may have been replacements as well (three of them have no indication of ever having the dowels seen in the fourth leg pictured). Recommendations on type of wood for fashioning replacements? I've obtained all the necessary hardware (hanger bolts, wing nuts, and dowels), but would prefer accurately matching the wood to what would have been original vs staining a lighter toned dowel to match. Maybe I'm being too particular.
• Were these chests always teak? Noting a significant color difference between this one vs the other two we have. It veers quite a bit more dark red vs the other two which are a brighter honey tone.
Thanks in advance!