Almost done, and bad mistake!

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Yonatan, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Yonatan

    Yonatan Tele-Meister

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    Slowly but surely finishing my first parts build. I reassembled the neck and bridge after french polishing the body, now getting ready to mark the holes for the pickguard and control plate.

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    Unfortunately I made a bad mistake: when I screwed the bridge back in, I didn't clean the Z-Poxy out of the holes (it got in during the pore filling), and I guess that's what led to the wood bulging up and even almost cracking in one place!

    Naturally I freaked out, but I very carefully filed down the bulges and polished the surrounding areas.

    Disaster averted.

    But just out of curiosity, once Z-Poxy did get into the holes, how should I have proceeded? Drilled it out before reinstalling the bridge?

    (Before filing down)

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  2. Jim_in_PA

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    I probably would have used a drill to clean up the holes a little; one that's the correct size for a pilot hole for the particular screws being used. And thanks for the reminder about minding about something like this. Sometimes the simplest things cause bad language and grief!!
     
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  3. Freeman Keller

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    I like to lightly counter sink holes when I drill them, left over from all my metal working days. There would be less tendency for the finish to bulge up like that. I also like to clean finish (and polishing compound) out of holes - just use the same size bit that you originally used, let the screws recut their threads.
     
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    First builds are a learning experience ...
    And the next one you build will benefit ... And the next ... And hopefully many more ... Don't be discouraged !!! Beautiful guitar !!!
     
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    I've started lighting a candle and dripping wax into any holes when i finish to keep water and finishing compound out of the holes. Water from wet sanding will cause similar problems.
     
  6. Yonatan

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    Thanks everyone, the tips I learn here are so valuable!

    I see it as a learning experience, and luckily the damage in this case is nicely covered by the bridge.
    But the real answer is that it's too late to get discouraged, I'm already planning the next one!
     
  7. mistermikev

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    bad mistake... tsk... hold my beer. personally, as long as it wasn't causing contact issues with the body i'd have left it. probably better contact and it might return to normal given time... but at this point probably doesn't matter. could have filled em with wax while you did the finish or toothpics, or better yet, don't drill 'em till you are done w the finish. I freq use tru oil and purposely let it go into ever hole I can. I never drill after, but then tru oil absorbes. if it had been me I'd have redrilled.
     
  8. Yonatan

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    That did cross my mind, but one of them was really pushing the bridge up (plus I was being hasty which I guess is not a good thing)
     
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