I agree with woodenthings. There is no telling how many birdeye dressers I have stripped the finish off of and rinsed it with a power washer. Unless the dresser sat in the pouring rain all day I can't see it having any damage. Just do another fine sanding and put a finish on it.
My finishing procedure involves dampening the work before the final hand sanding. Like woodnthings said. dampness raises the grain and pops the dents. Water will also reveal glue residue and other blemishes. Water also raises the hair off the boards and a 180 grit hand sanding will remove the hair. My friend Steve also makes a legitimate point - If your piece sat in the pouring rain all day, it may have damage.
If you did leave it in a soaking rain all day - you may have a serious problem - but not an deli ma.
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