|I found that the neck joint had failed, the frets were worn, the saddle height and |
intonation were going to need adjustment after the neck joint re set, the finish
was scratched and the strings needed replacing.
|Buckled tail piece.|
|Failed neck joint|
|The dirt of ages.|
|Stripped and ready for repair.|
|Neck removed using a hot clothing iron and spatula.|
|Neck joint block is Poplar, not a particularly strong timber for this application. |
The wood grain failed rather than the glue joint.
|Next remove all traces of hide glue.|
|Mask and ready for glue.|
|Clamp joint in 2 dimensions.|
|Frets levelled, crowned and polished, intonation, string height, all spot on. |
Re activated the shellac finish. What a surprising volume and tone this little mandolin reveals!
|One happy customer!|
|I coated the case with epoxy varnish to protect the paper finish. Looks like new again.|