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Best way to enlarge pot holes?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Awesome Sauce, Jan 15, 2012.


  1. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    (Wait for obligatory city traffic joke...*rimshot*-ok)

    What's the best way to enlarge the pot holes on a finished bass? It's a rear cavity ash body w/ high gloss finish. I used to have a woodshop, so I'm well versed w/ tools, though my current situation is limited. Thanks for any info!
     
  2. Hevy T

    Hevy T Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2011
    Lethbridge, AB Canada
    I would use a tapered round file and just take my time and be careful
     
  3. untamedhellion

    untamedhellion

    Jun 25, 2011
    move to Minnesota if you want large potholes !!!!

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    I would recommend a drill press and a steady hand.

    U.H.
     
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I'd prbably try a reamer if I had one in the right size, just to maintain the symmetry of the hole. A drill bit in a hand drill might also be good, and very controllable.

    For those who have only used power drills, here's one model...

    89B0401.
     
  5. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Both methods work very well. Tapered reamer is faster. However, don't work too fast because the finish is easy to chip. Masking tape just gums things up. Hand drill is slower because it takes a number of bit changes to get to the right diameter. Chipping is almost unheard of.

    Both are safer than using an electric drill, which can grab the material and cause major problems. It takes a skilled hand with a rat tail file to keep a hole round. Not a tool for first timers.
     
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    yikes! scary stuff all around!

    get one of these for $10 at the hardware store, protect the surface with masking tape, and go slow.

    720.

    (edit: also, what 202dy said.)
     
  7. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Yes, I'm very familiar w/ egg beaters and files. I wasn't sure if there was a special lutherie tool or technique because of the finish. Glad to see good ol' hand tools will do just fine. Thanks guys!
     
  8. Well, I usually just use a regular shovel.

    :bag:
     
  9. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Ok, ream the hole nice and slow...got it! :bag:
     
  10. Sig worthy
     
  11. Hi.

    ^This.

    If You value your instrument, don't even consider anything else.

    Regards
    Sam
     
  12. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Dually noted. Just found a reamer at my local Menards online. :)
     

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