Didn't we just leave this party?
Some days it feels like I'm just doing the same thing over and over...
Doesn't that look healthy?
In order to fill in the gaps of my poor binding job - I had to over-fill those gaps. So I started out making another round of binding paste using acetone and tiny pieces of binding.
|We're all all fine here...|
How are you?
This time around I let the acetone evaporate a little more so that the paste was very thick - almost the consistency of spackling paste. I then made a first pass on the binding - to fill up the spots that went down to the bare wood. It looks pretty thick - but was actually significantly less than my first attempt.
|Things can only get better from here, right?|
After a two or three days of letting the acetone evaporate (and the binding harden) I went back for Round 2! I basically did the same thing again - put another layer of really thick goop on top of what I already laid down in order to build up the binding enough to be able to scrape it flush with the body.
|A sad state of affairs when this can be referred to as "progress."|
|A mess with a purpose...|
|One step forward - two steps back...|
Then it was time for Round 3!
Round three was more of the same, really. Scrape with the card scraper, sand with the sand paper, and try not to mess it up. There was one addition this time around and it came from Dan Erlewine of course. Dan is Stewart MacDonald's spokesperson, main tool developer and guitar repairman extrordinaire. I have to say - I keep coming back to this guy's advice and it's usually on the money. He suggests using a razor blade to do fine scraping instead of a card scraper.
That's not half bad...
|The Russian Judge gives it a 7.0|
|Perhaps I shouldn't be so negative...|
|Pictured: All is not lost.|