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Sorry!!! Wrong link! :) I meant to post this one: http://fourstrings.wordpress.com/

Jeffrey's example is much better than even the link I meant to include. A question: I've always thought of a "cleat" as being glued on top of the surface, and a patch as being let into the wood and then surfaced level with it. What is the correct technical difference between a cleat and a path???

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A question: I've always thought of a "cleat" as being glued on top of the surface, and a patch as being let into the wood and then surfaced level with it. What is the correct technical difference between a cleat and a path???

The difference is exactly as you say.

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I'm not sure how common it is to put eyebrow cleats on new construction, but I do it in an attempt to reduce the chance of a wing crack, which is very common. With my toasted wood, the crossgrain is even weaker than usual, so I think it makes even more sense to do it on mine.

I don't believe it has any significant effect on sound. Whatever minor influence it might have, it would be even more difficult to determine if it is better or worse.

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