Adventures in Lutherie #14: Chipped cello edge

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-07-2018 12:22 AM 2004 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Part of my job as an or hestral repair tech is to try and repair damage to the rental instruments. A chip like the one shown above is sort of dangerous since it presents a rough edge.

This is repair though, not full museum restoration. In this case I took a piece of similar wood and cut it to fit in the gap, oversize.

I carve the patch to match the level and shape of the missing piece as best that I can.
Then I try my best to blend it in with the surrounding area. Sometimes I’m more successful than others.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 02-07-2018 01:31 AM

Nice repair Dave, tight fit and great color match. I’ve tried a few repairs and the hardest part for me is the color match. Looks like you nailed it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-07-2018 03:37 AM

Nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 02-07-2018 04:42 AM

That’s a superb job. Good grain match, color, everything.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 12:14 PM

I got lucky with this one, but thank you all.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 12:33 PM

Nice work, Dave. Keep up the posts.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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