Andy Culpepper wrote:I would definitely not use thin CA glue, in fact I never get the stuff near softwoods as it wicks into the soft grain and causes discoloration under finish.
Very nice tutorial there Michael N. This one looks trickier as it spans multiple grain lines though?
I think a little decorative inlay mirrored on both sides is probably what I would do.
The one that I showed crossed grain lines, just not as many. If it means doing two patches side by side or overlapping, so be it. I've done these type of patches many times over the years. They are always
superior to any type of filler and I've messed around with fillers for endless hours trying to get a good match.
There's no excuse, unless someone doesn't want to pay the money for the amount of time taken to do high quality restoration work. Unfortunately that happens even with relatively expensive guitars, so the filler comes out. In this particular case money doesn't apply, it's more about pride and saving a soundboard. Someone with a restorers mind set will see it as a challenge, the challenge being to make the defect disappear. Most guitar makers who never do this type of work see it as a defect that's fatally flawed, so in the bin it goes. This repair is relatively straight forward in comparison to some. If an off cut of the original material isn't available then the difficulty shoots up by many factors.
Certainly not mine but here's an example of just what is possible with this worm eaten violin.