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MichaelAgate

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803 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: face plate sonata accoridan button holes

Hi everyone,

My Father-in-Law has an accoridan. Llike the one pictured here. The black faceplate around the buttons is missing. I need to make him one but not sure how to get the button holes placed correctly. Any ideas?

Thanks Everyone

-- Michael and Matthew


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Howie

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#1 posted 802 days ago

I’d do a lay out on paper first. Then make a template.

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Loren

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#2 posted 802 days ago

I assume you mean the cover on the bass side.

Measure the spacing with calipers, lay it out on paper with
a grid and center punch onto the plastic or thin plywood
you’ll be using. Drill with a brad point bit using a backer board.

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#3 posted 802 days ago

Howie, Loren, Thanks guys. I guess it will be a bit of playing around, but will eventually get it. Thanks for the thoughts.

-- Michael and Matthew

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rance

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#4 posted 802 days ago

Fashion 20 little wooden washers that fit tightly around your buttons, but that do not interfere with each other. The ID is critical, the outer diameter & shape is not. Lay them over all the buttons. Now lay bamboo skewers(or something similar) along the row of keys, resting it on all those washers. Now use hot melt glue to fasten the wooden washers to the skewer. Three skewers should do it. One on each side and one right up between the buttons. Careful to not get glue on your accordian. What you have made here is a very delicate template.

Now you need to make a sturdy template. Once the glue has cooled down. carefully remove the temporary template and lay it out on a piece of 1/8” plywood. At this point you could hot glue it to the plywood. Now use all those washers to mark and/or drill holes in what will be your sturdy template(the 1/8” plywood). After all the holes are drilled, you can remove the temporary template and throw it away.

I can draw this up in SketchUp if this is confusing.

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#5 posted 802 days ago

How about just taping a piece of paper over the buttons and do a rubbing with a pencil over the buttons and trace the outline of the keyboard then spray glue it to a piece of 1/4 ply drill and cut it out and you have a pattern.

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Loren

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#6 posted 802 days ago

...Or press a piece of styrofoam onto the buttons to take an impression…

I know quite a bit about accordions. The cover is mainly to keep
dirt out of the action. The metal button posts can be bent a
little to travel well through the holes in the cover plate. About
1/16” oversized will allow enough wiggle room that the buttons
should be tweakable to all operate smoothly.

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MichaelAgate

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#7 posted 801 days ago

a1Jim – Excellent idea. I can see that working very well. Will try this tomorrow. Fantastic.

Loren – Nice to know about the 1/16th wiggle room, thanks much.

Thanks everyone!!!

-- Michael and Matthew

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#8 posted 801 days ago

Rance – That is a fantastic idea as well. I am going to give the paper and pencil a try first but if this fails, I will give your idea a go. That seems to be a fantastic solution as well. Thank you kindly. That’s why it’s nice to ask questions here.

Loren – Styrofoam is great idea as well. I like that also.

-- Michael and Matthew

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Planeman40

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#9 posted 801 days ago

a1Jim beat me to it.

I use the “paper & pencil-rub” method all the time around my shop. Quick, easy and accurate!

Planeman

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#10 posted 800 days ago

My wife has given me another fantastic idea. Tape Thumbtacks upside down on the buttons and press a sheet of paper on to them.

The paper and pencil trick worked quite well :)

-- Michael and Matthew

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#11 posted 764 days ago

I ended up going with Loren’s idea. couldn’t find my callipers so I made another set. Here is the template for the accoridan and the calliper. Now to find some rigid 3/32nd plastic for the actual replacement.

-- Michael and Matthew

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