Friday, September 20, 2013

Chip Off the Old Footjoint

We've seen previous posts about repairing dents and dings in metal flute bodies and headjoints, but what happens when there is a nick in a wooden flute?  Well, we happened to be in the wood shop this past week to see how this could be remedied.

In the case of this particular footjoint, there was a small nick in the wood.  Wood surely isn't pliable, so it cannot be reshaped and burnished like metal.  What is one to do?  Well, the solution is to fill the nick -- then secure the filler, file/sand, blend, and buff.  It's really quite straightforward as you will see from the photos below:

Nick has been circled in yellow.
Getting grenadilla dust ready to fill the nick.
Applying the dust to fill in the nick.
Just a bit more dust on top of the filled area.
Filled and ready for glue.
Adding the adhesive glue over the dust filling. 
Glue doesn't take long to dry.
Filing the glue down with a mill file to blend it in.
Using sandpaper for final blending.
Applying oil.
And it's done!  A little more oil was applied after blending.  Nick is gone!
If you are interesting in reviewing the previous posts on dents in metal flutes, take a look at the following:

Post on dented headjoint:
Two-part post on dented tenon:

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