Possible total failure

1bad914

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I applied the first coat of finish on the repair this morning. It looks okay. I might have to apply a couple coats of finish, let it set and then drop CA in the crack. Hard to see in these pictures, but the line/crack is visible. Sorry about the dark photos, I hung it to dry then realized that I forgot pics. Did not want to move it and introduce dust. If you are wondering this finish is wipe on poly. Very easy to work with.
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Sea Devil

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Once again: hit that binding with some acetone and it will seal right up. Just wick it into the crack until it softens (it may take two or three drops a couple seconds apart) and press it gently with something smooth that won't stick. This is how corners on headstock bindings are fused.

It may be too late if your wipe-on poly has already gotten into the crack.
 
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I hate it when things like this happen. You already have a fix in place. So I think that it will turn out just fine. Now you'll have stories to tell. I can hardly wait to see the finished product!
 

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I have been slowly working On a 356/trini/whatever build. I have been documenting it here. I had applied the finish and was just starting the assembly process, I just finished tapping in the bridge posts and noticed that something was wrong.
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The right lower bought and ear are cracked. The back is the only thing holding it on. I think I may have caused it. I had it on a pad and towel, while tapping in the pin in the middle I must have pushed the center down causing a torque on the right side. Sigh.

I think I can kind of fix it. Glue, clamp and then glue in some braces on the inside.
Not sure if I would be better off using wood glue or CA. Obviously I will have to refinish it….again.
"Wood glue (PVA Polyvinyl acetate) is in general stronger than CA glue (cyanoacrylate) on most carpentry procedures. CA glue has a shortcoming in that it won’t endure vibration, it is comparatively more fragile. CA glue additionally requires the pieces you are working with to be altogether contacting: No holes are permitted." - CA Glue Explained. All Questions Answered. - Top Woodworking Advice
 

1bad914

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I applied a couple of coats of finish, let it dry a couple of days. This morning I laid down a bead of thin CA in the cracks. I laid it down a little thick, basically built it up. Let it dry and carefully used a scraper to flatten it. Then wet sanded it totally flat. As of right not I cannot see the the crack. I will let it dry and start applying finish. Hopefully this will be it. This will require 6-7 coats of poly to get it even.
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All glued up and back support added. I wet sanded everything back and now will let it rest a day. Then start the refinish process. The one on the side will disappear a little with finish, but the binding will always show. I think I will be happy enough.
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Dang, you did a good job there.
but you know, so you always will see it, others will not ;)
battle scars, and you can be proud you did the job well
 




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