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Goobered Strap Button Hole Repair Help

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by nervous, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. nervous

    nervous Electromatic

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    Sep 27, 2017
    Beautiful Cantral NY
    Well, I took on this abused case that wouldn't hold a screw with the wad of flat toothpicks that were stuffed up it. Wonder why... I know the preferred way would be to drill this whole mess out to a larger sized hols, and install a dowel to cleanly fill, then use a longer crew to hit virgin body wood. Looks like a 3/8" dowel will clean that up, but will be close. My question is seeking advice on how to get a clean hole into that oblong cavity? I am thinking using a step drill to keep me centered out to 3/8, then run the Forstner bit in to clean the hole and square the bottom. It's a cheap Squire bass so I have some latitude in the finished aesthetic. But, I'd prefer that it's mostly hidden by the Schaller strap lock button as much as possible. That measures just under a half inch so my drilling needs to be precise. I have a bench top drill press but most likely this will be freehand work.

    What say you all?

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  2. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    Its not an expensive guitar so I would fill the hole w two small maple dowels and jb weld. once hardened, small pilot hole and tap. Dont go hogging out
    a larger hole, not necessary. my 2 cents
     
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  3. Hydroman

    Hydroman Gretschie

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    Feb 29, 2016
    FUNtucky, Ca.
    Just make a new hole 1 inch below the existing hole and install the strap button.And use a Looong screw too.
     
  4. wvincagold

    wvincagold Gretschie

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  5. benjwri

    benjwri Country Gent

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    I like TV's idea...FWIW
     
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  6. Lee Erickson

    Lee Erickson Country Gent

    Apr 20, 2009
    Eagan, MN
  7. nervous

    nervous Electromatic

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    Sep 27, 2017
    Beautiful Cantral NY
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  8. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
  9. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Country Gent

    May 14, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    I'm with Tavo. Stuff the matches back in with a healthy bit of epoxy. Smooth out the surface and let it cure overnight, and re-tap. Lube the threads of the screw by rubbing on a little bar soap, and Bob's yer uncle. Epoxy doesn't yield easily, so the soap will help with the install.
     
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  10. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Me 2
     
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  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Don't use matches or toothpicks. Use hardwood dowels and epoxy. Do it right the first time.
     
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  12. Willie D

    Willie D Gretschie

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    Feb 11, 2018
    Seattle, WA
    I'd probably go at it with some wood dowel and a bit of this
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  13. nervous

    nervous Electromatic

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    Sep 27, 2017
    Beautiful Cantral NY
    I thought it would be fun to put the final touches on this thread for posterity and future users. Got the job done today and it's back in business! That body is some sh*t wood whatever it is. But the plug was easy, took about a 1" deep 7/16" hole to get it clean and prepped. I could have gone a hair bigger to 3/8" but the edges are clean enough and now satisfactorily hidden that it ddin't matter. Found and prepped a suitable 2" long mounting screw that will provide a nice solid bits into the body wood, leaving the plug more in a lateral support role than a structural weight bearing role. I don't think it's coming out any time soon!

    Where we started:
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    Drilled and prepped:
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    Plugged and glued:
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    And mounted:
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    These oughtta hold:
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    Thanks to all for your help and participation.
     
  14. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Looks like it oughta hold...Nice job!
     
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  15. Oldfingers

    Oldfingers Gretschie

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    Nice job, looks good!
     
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  16. wvincagold

    wvincagold Gretschie

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    Good job. Thats now stronger than it was. Should last a good long time.

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