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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:20 am 
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I found this 'tip' somewhere, haven't tried it, just passing along for comments; the picture is from the same web page:

"I then trim the top and back in preparation for the binding channels to be cut. Before I do that I mix a little water with yellow glue and coat the areas of the top. When this is dry, it acts as a sizing hardening the soft wood in the summer grain so it has less chance of tearing out"
https://geigerschooloflutherie.wordpress.com/page/2/


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:19 am 
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I don't think I would ever "soak" yellow glue into a top. I'd be afraid it would show unless a lot of top were removed to get rid of it. But I've never tried it.

Soaking with shellac is a different matter. Seems safe.

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Ditto -- John, matter of fact I think its a bad idea making a mess to prevent a mess?? The major factories in the USA alone produce about 800 guitars a day, they avoid the supposed problem, by simply using the "proper sharp" bits. $.02

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:21 am 
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Yeah Ken, sharp bits, like Porsches, there is no substitute.

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Sharp carbide spiral down-cut bits are a pretty sure thing - without the risk of staining the top.


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