How to fix tearout

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  1. UFO8MyCow

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    Hello all. I have been reading up on building a guitar for a while now and TDPRI seemed to have the most info of all the forums I found so even though i am building a strat as my first this seemed like the best place to register and ask my first question.

    After getting my shop all setup i finally got around to rough cutting and routing my body but when i was almost done i got some tear out on the top cutaway when the router grabbed and almost ripped the body out of my hands. I really don't want to scrap the whole thing so what are my options for fixing this? Im sure I could use some filler on it but I'm not sure what would be best. I was thinking my other option may be to use the router to take off the top 3/4" or so of material and put in a patch then use my pattern bit to follow the other side. Or is there a better option i haven't thought thought of yet.
     

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    Are you planning to paint it a solid color?
     
  3. UFO8MyCow

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    I hadn't totally decided yet but i was leaning towards white or black.
     
  4. Glen Smith

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    If you are going to paint it an opaque color, use Bondo which is used on auto bodies.
     
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    Yeah, something like bondo. I also have some epoxy-based wood putty that I'm planning to try the next time I have to patch something.
     
  6. Stuco

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    I guess a patch would be the 'right' way to repair it, but a small amount of filler is not going to make much of a difference in the finished product. I guess it depends on how much of a perfectionist you are.
     
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    I agree with the others just fill it with a good auto filler if you are painting it no point in anything else. you would be supprised how much filler goes in to some new car bodies.
     
  8. Shepherd

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    Two part epoxy works great, you can also use it as a grain filler.

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  9. guitarbuilder

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    You could cut off a portion of the left hand side section and reglue new wood on, and re-do it too. It looks like you have it set to take off too much depth from the mill marks shown.
     
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    looks like some of it will go away when you round over the edges.
     
  11. Ronkirn

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    take a chunk of wood to the disk sander, generate a handful of wood powder… wet the scar with CA, fill it generously with the wood dust… re wet, add more powder… give it a few to harden.. proceed…

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    I'm not sure how much you were trying to remove, but I try to remove no more than 1/16th of an inch. Lately, though, I've switched to using a robosander (flush trim sanding drum) on my drill press to remove most of the waste before routing. For $25, it's a good investment. Tearout never happens anymore, even with highly figured wood.
     
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    I have eyed that robosander a couple times but never pulled the trigger on it. Glad to know it works good. Might have to order one myself
     
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    I have used an epoxy wood filler for just that reason in my latest. So far it seems to be working fine.
     
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    Had that happen not too long ago (on a Tele) and just shortened the horn. If you're not using a ready-made pickguard 99% of people would never notice the slight dimensional change.
     
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    Call it "road worn". :D
     
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    I use Durhams Putty to address all the bits of character I give a body.;)
    Provided your going for an opaque finish it will be fine. In fact I used it as a poor filler on this project.
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    +1
     
  19. Jack Wells

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    I agree with the Bondo and solid color for this one. Actually PlasticWood would work on your damage and would be a lot easier than the Bondo. Buy the stuff in the tubes. On future builds you might avoid tearout by making shallow passes.

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  20. R. Stratenstein

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    Spiral upcutting bit, such as the Whiteside, eliminates tearout. If you plan to build more, the cost is justified, IMO.
     
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