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I filled the damaged area around the snowflake with superglue and rosewood dust. Where that hadn't filled completely I pushed in some coloured wax. Not great but if you don't look too closely....

I then sanded the neck to clean it up and bring the other dots down level with the fingerboard. And that's it for another month.

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blinddrew wrote:Looking forward to seeing how you sort this out, I know you will. :)


..with a little help from someone who knows ;)
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blinddrew wrote:These are important lessons, that all of us learn, generally several times, and generally as a result of forgetting the previous time...


Yes - annoying that we have to keep making these mistakes!!!
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Well, you can always practice by drilling out all the round dots and replacing them with snowflakes so they all match! ;)
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Haha well it did cross my mind :mrgreen:

But Colin only had one and I’m not buying any. He did have a few singles of various shapes so I could have gone random... now there’s a thought...
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adrian_k wrote:I filled the damaged area around the snowflake with superglue and rosewood dust. Where that hadn't filled completely I pushed in some coloured wax. Not great but if you don't look too closely....
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That looks great to me Adrian - it's amazing what sawdust and glue can do for you, isn't it? (answers on a postcard please, to the usual address ;) )

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Wow that looks like a brilliant repair, I'd be very happy with that!

As an aside I've just done something similar to fill holes in brickwork. I've no idea why the previous owner felt the need to drill quite so many holes for a light fitting but with clear silicone and some red brick dust, much tidier.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

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Martin Walker wrote:
adrian_k wrote:I filled the damaged area around the snowflake with superglue and rosewood dust. Where that hadn't filled completely I pushed in some coloured wax. Not great but if you don't look too closely....
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That looks great to me Adrian - it's amazing what sawdust and glue can do for you, isn't it? (answers on a postcard please, to the usual address ;) )

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It does look nice. I recently acquired an old 70s Fender 12 string from a local shop for a song. It needed a lot of work and like a lot of old mistreated 12s a lot of meat off the bridge.

The chisel slipped :? But on closer inspection it had formed the shape of a small almost perfect arrow-head. So I filled it with bone dust and superglue and it came up a treat.

So if you ever see a Fender 12 with a bone arrow inlay just below the bridge... that's mine.

Its a feature, as they say in the building trade.
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Alba wrote:Its a feature, as they say in the building trade.


It’s these ‘features’ that make instruments unique and interesting I guess. And at the end of the day it’s really about how they play and sound anyway.
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December's workshop visit report..

Time to start fitting the neck to the body. First off I have to cut a mortice in the heel to receive the perch pole. After marking out the position I removed a fair bit of the wood using a forstner bit in a pillar drill, setting the stop for 20mm.

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I then chiselled out the remaining wood until the perch pole fitted:

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..and then test fitted the whole thing:

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Then it was a case of slowly taking down the heel using whatever worked best (small plane, chisel, file), maintaining the angle as measured between the top and the sides, until the heel fitted snug against the body. Nearly there:

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It's just a case of test fitting, taking off a tiny bit more wood from the heel, or from any parts that are stopping the neck from fitting snug. Just a little bit more to do, but I ran out of time and I learned my lesson from last month trying to get too much done in a hurry ;)
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