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Please, please, avoid the temptation to glue the top plate to the blocks using Bondo, fortified with linen cloth... especially on an otherwise nice instrument.  It is not a suitable replacement for replacing lost wood and the blobs of Bondo look really sick when they budge out onto the blocks.  I used many four letter words that I'll not repeat here while separating the mess...

Thank you.  I feel just a little better now.

 

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[Considers who on MN might be most likely to also be working on vintage cars.]  Did you get it from Burgess?  :ph34r::lol:

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5 minutes ago, Violadamore said:

[Considers who on MN might be most likely to also be working on vintage cars.]  Did you get it from Burgess?  :ph34r::lol:

Certainly not! Play-Doh is the choice of restoration connoisseurs, and it's edible.

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This is stirring up awful memories of a violin I had to fix up. The top was rather thin, so someone had “fixed” it by covering the inside with a generous application of Bondo. He also installed a bass bar so tall that it nearly touched the back. Some of the Bondo had made its way into the open cracks, which he didn’t see as a problem.

I spent a lot of hours undoing all that damage. Maybe it was done by the same person. I just hope there aren’t more violins out there like that. 

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1 hour ago, Violadamore said:

[Considers who on MN might be most likely to also be working on vintage cars.]  Did you get it from Burgess?  :ph34r::lol:

Who around here is working on old cars? I am very fond of them and have owned several, but when I got married my wife suggested that I get rid of the several that remained incomplete...oh well.

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3 hours ago, Rue said:

I want pictures...:ph34r:

Sorry I don't.

Saw a nice fiddle with edging on the top "fixed" with bondo and it had a dark blackish colour.

Uggh, it looked somehow repulsive.

I love bondo for the boats I made for my kids, now for the grandkids.

Have used it with fibre glass. You have to work pretty fast if it's warm out. I forgot about it the last time , mixed too large a quantity and had to throw some of it out. Stuff is pretty expensive now. You can dilute the rosin with acetone.

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4 hours ago, Jeffrey Holmes said:

Please, please, avoid the temptation to glue the top plate to the blocks using Bondo, fortified with linen cloth... especially on an otherwise nice instrument.  It is not a suitable replacement for replacing lost wood and the blobs of Bondo look really sick when they budge out onto the blocks.  I used many four letter words that I'll not repeat here while separating the mess...

Thank you.  I feel just a little better now.

You're welcome. And thank you for updating your profile photo. As supreme leader and commander of the board, it helps humanize you and it also makes me want to sit on your knee and tell you what I want for Christmas.

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54 minutes ago, CSchabbon said:

That must have been a fast worker if he managed to mix the bondo, slap it on the top, add the linen and clamp it all on the ribs in only 6 minutes! I'm impressed.

Practice makes perfect!  Probably more victims out there...

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9 hours ago, CSchabbon said:

That must have been a fast worker if he managed to mix the bondo, slap it on the top, add the linen and clamp it all on the ribs in only 6 minutes! I'm impressed.

Applied only to the block areas... and "applied" might be too kind.  Slathered is more like it.

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10 hours ago, BassClef said:

You're welcome. And thank you for updating your profile photo. As supreme leader and commander of the board, it helps humanize you and it also makes me want to sit on your knee and tell you what I want for Christmas.

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Hahahaha!

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I opened a nice trade instrument and found someone had applied a very thick coat of hide glue to the entire inside. What was he/she thinking?%&^*(*$#@ 

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