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Hate my life...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by OneMoreRobot, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. OneMoreRobot


    Jan 23, 2009

    So I got my Schalla tunas from Warmoth today, so I go to my basement and commence drilling for them.

    While drilling, I suddenly feel that give that usually means "Good job, you've drilled through the whole piece of wood." Except in this case, it was, "HOLY CRAP YOU IDIOT YOU DRILLED THROUGH THE WHOLE PIECE OF WOOD!" :bawl:

    So yeah. I now have a small hole all the way through my headstock. It's not huge, but it is bugging the CA-RAP out of me.

    Does anyone know of any way to disguise the hole?

    I'm probably just gonna stick a drop of urethane in the hole and just deal with being able to see it.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Stick a toothpick in first, sand it smooth, then urethane or epoxy.
  3. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    LED's look cool.:smug:
  4. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA

    Don't think of this as a "musical instrument" problem; Think of this as a woodworking problem... And suddenly, the toothpick/glue solution makes sense!
  5. bronzehydra


    Oct 14, 2008
    Mukilteo, WA
    hahaha, I laughed so hard at that
  6. You think you are the only one to ever do that? I am sure it happened to all of us.

    I even did worse, when I drilled through with a 1/8 for a string retainer. Ended up getting a long screw and an end piece for the other side from Ace. Looks vintage.

    The right tool for me a is the Dremel drill press.
  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I like those little drill stops that mount on the drill bits with a set screw. Failing that, good old masking tape around the bit at a SWAG-assigned depth.

    But stuff still happens.
  8. sofnlo


    Dec 29, 2004
    give us a picture
  9. OneMoreRobot


    Jan 23, 2009
    I fail to see what LED's have anything to do with this, but I do agree. They are pimp.
  10. Jamie Bishop

    Jamie Bishop Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing Artist: Laney Amplication
    Why stop at LED, put a diamond in there and bling that **** out!
  11. What kind of wood?

    If its a dark wood, a little sawdust and superglue goes a long way.

    If its a light wood, yeah toothpick - but use white glue, not superglue.
  12. Stone Age

    Stone Age

    Apr 13, 2008
    how does that go here? No picture, no hole...:eyebrow:
  13. Sardine


    Feb 2, 2009
    When I do stuff like that, or come across a crack or something, I put some wood dust in the hole, add a drop of thick superglue, and then sand over the spot with 100-150 grit sandpaper while the glue is still wet. This packs the hole with dust and makes the hole completely disappear.

    If you have another contrasting piece of wood near the hole, like a contrasting neck lam, don't do this. The darker dust will show up more, and it will just make the spot stand out. But if there are no contrasting lams or none at all, it should work fine.

    Or you could put a veneer on the headstock, that would cover up any mishaps very neatly.
  14. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

  15. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Inactive

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    This signature panel was once a fifth tuner hole

  16. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Warmoth sells tuna?
  17. OMG did you do it to the warlock? nooooooooooooooo
  18. I like the signature panel idea, or you could install a strap button on the headstock if you like.

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