Help! Can this easely be fixed??
Im not experienced at all which is why im relying on your advice:
Can this "rip" by the tuner be fixed? (see foto) Is it "very bad" or no problem to put under control?
Ive come across a lovely japanese matsumoko which id like to buy but this detail is holding me back!
Yes, it can. A small amount of cyanoacrylate glue into the crack and then clamp it...
A very comon "feature" of certain wood/design combinations.
Easily fixed by removing the tuner, re-installing the screw to open the gap again and after working some glue into the crack, taking the screw off so the gap closes. Even though the gap seems to close completely, do clamp it.
I wouldn't use CA, but white glue, or hide glue.
After the glue has dried You have to open the screw hole a bit (to match the core OD of the screw), otherwise the wood cracks again, next to the repair.
As will IME happen if You don't remove the tuner in order to get glue all the way to the tuner hole as well.
Use wood glue or hide glue like Sam said.
T-Bird has it right. For clarity, note that what created the crack was probably the screw at the bottom of the tuner. It appears that it may have been installed without drilling a pilot hole. That was like driving a wedge into the wood and forcing it to crack. It's poor installation technique.
Use the screw which is in place to hold the crack open - then add glue (a syringe is good and you can add a bit of water to white glue or Titebond to help it flow). When the crack is full, remove the tuner and screws to allow the crack to close. Wipe off excess glue with a damp cloth, then pad the jaws of a clamp and clamp it overnight. Don't kill it with the clamp, you only need a firm grip.
When T-Bird said "open up" the screw hole he means to use a drill and drill a pilot hole for the offending screw before re-installing it. Then the screw will not exert undue force on the wood and cause it to crack again.
Super glue will work, but it is extremely unforgiving in terms of working time (it's essentially instant so you get no time to position or work on the wood), sticks to everything and requires acetone to remove, and may be difficult to get throughout the crack area.
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