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Filling pegholes before varnishing


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I also ream the holes to size after varnishing, but I have in the past used the boxwood sticks that they sell for bushing peg holes to plug them while I touch up when doing repairs to the pegbox walls. I also use one of these sticks in the end pin hole to hold the violin while I'm varnishing it. Although they come tapered already, they are rather thick but a quick pass through your shaper will fix that down to the size you need, then you can just use the same one(s) over and over.

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Thanks for the replies, it appears the simplest and best solution by far is to drill the holes but not ream them until after the varnishing is finished.

I was so engrossed in thinking of the best way to overcome the problem that I overlooked the obvious.

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