Originally Posted by KUNGfuSHERIFF
Even on a center seam? I've seen linen used for many purposes including reinforcement of thin, crack-prone ribs (I am planning to use linen for that purpose on the ribs of my flatback whenever the time comes to open it up), but this is a new one on me.
If I have the time, I'll shoot and post a photo.
Even on a centre seam. Also on cracks and fractures. Sometimes I'll put linen over a couple of small cleats, to hold everything together.
A few caveats:
(1) Don't use large pieces of cloth - it shrinks quite powerfully as it dries and will wrinkle ribs/sides of instruments. Really.
(2) Use linen not cotton, as cotton will decay over time, whereas linen will be strong for hundreds of years.
(3) Make your glue a little thinner than usual - the cloth will absorb it better.