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Forum topic by Dave Rutan posted 05-08-2017 01:32 AM 455 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dave Rutan

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05-08-2017 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: veneer violin finish repair musical instrument question

Is there a resource, book or otherwise that would help me repair the finish of wooden musical instruments? I’m learning how to repair violins, cellos and the like and between the boss and myself, our weak point is repairing finishes in spots where we’ve made a repair. I have one situation coming up where I’ll need to repair a section of veners.

Any help is appreciated.

Dave Rutan

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!


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#1 posted 05-08-2017 02:40 AM

wow, you got me! i’d contact folks who repair instruments for a living. there’s a group of folks in hawaii who custom make strings, i bet they’d know how to repair a finish. i bet the veneer is ULTRA thin.

-- Carol

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 05:11 AM

For veneer questions I would refer you to LJ Shipwright.

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#3 posted 05-08-2017 05:48 AM

I can’t help but I would think that repair is repair. Basically you want to match the original finish right? Bob Flexner is a furniture refinisher and has written a few books and lots of articles over the years. There is a guy named Charles Neil that hangs out on this forum, I’m not too familiar with him but he has a book on finishing and people say he is an expert.

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#4 posted 05-08-2017 05:51 AM

Full disclosure — I have zero experience with violin finishes, or any other instrument.

For finishing in general, Bob Flexner is the guru. However, I recently purchased this book by someone I just learned about, and it is a really valuable resource. Really great book with detailed steps and beautiful photos.

Also, and again without experience I can’t vouch for it, but this kit from Mohawk finishings might, or might not, be of value.

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#5 posted 05-08-2017 12:48 PM

THanks for the replies. I’ll check out your suggestions and see how things go. Proper luthiers don’t seem to like putting their secrets out there, but there’s at least one guitar guy who has some useful videos.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 05-08-2017 01:16 PM

BI (before the internet) I dealt with a paint store that dealt with matching stains for professionals. They had a large selection of Mohawk product, but you needed to ask a person to help explain it to you. Now with the age of the internet-You Tube- this is a great source to learn. Here is a link to Mohawk-Check out their training information, for you may purchase “a kit”, get the “stuff” and now what do I do. Trust me on this I’ve been there http://www.mohawk-finishing.com/

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 05-08-2017 01:28 PM

Dave,

If you want to learn about repairs to wood finishes and patching veneer, I suggest you go to the web site: thomasjohnsonrestoration.com, or his Youtube channel that can be found by searching for Thomas Johnson.
He details his repair work on antiques, with many veneer repairs. Great site and YT channel.

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 03:08 PM

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#9 posted 05-09-2017 12:05 AM



Dave,

If you want to learn about repairs to wood finishes and patching veneer, I suggest you go to the web site: thomasjohnsonrestoration.com, or his Youtube channel that can be found by searching for Thomas Johnson.
He details his repair work on antiques, with many veneer repairs. Great site and YT channel.

- Oldtool

I remember when you first recommended that channel to me. I’ve been binge watching him. Great stuff.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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