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Classical Wood Restoration Process


After the face screws have been removed, wrap masking tape on the wood around the inserts perimeter, to protect against chipping or splintering.(fig 5)

Pull your exacto knife along the inside bottom seam of the insert cavity to detect the inserts looseness. To pry the insert from its cavity, form a slight outward wedge pressure, by pressing your exacto blade, or thin flathead screwdriver inside the bottom seam, while gently tapping the top of the insert downward with a tack hammer. (fig 5)

Once the insert has been removed, prepare it for resetting by cleaning off the old glue and debris from its internal sides. To do this, place a square of 180 grit sand paper on a firm flat surface, then slide the back of the insert across it in a level sanding/buffing action. Do the same with its side walls. The goal here is to simply clean up, not to change its dimensional form in anyway. (fig 6)

To create a solid adhesive bonding of the insert to the wood, score the cavity and back of the insert in a cross hatch pattern using the tip of your exacto knife. In this process, take care to stay inside and away from the edges of the exposed surfaces.

This method for abrading the two material surfaces will give the epoxy an excellent foundation for bonding strength. (fig 7)

Using a craft stick, apply a thin coating of slower curing epoxy to both the back of the insert and internal cavity. With the insert set into the cavity a scoring line below center, push the insert flat to the cavity and upward (towards crown) to align flush to all scoring lines.
This will create an epoxy seam around the entire insert. Reset all screws to their original orientations, (flush with surface) while the epoxy is setting up. Using a tooth pick and paper towel, clean up excess epoxy from the scoring lines, or screw slots, but leave a small epoxy seam around the inserts perimeter. (fig 8)

Prior to re-setting the soleplate be sure to make all necessary repairs such as tightening loose weights, filling holes, or making swingweight adjustments.

Reset the plate in the same process as the insert, by cleaning and abrading the sole cavity and sanding the inside surface of the plate, before bonding with epoxy. (fig 9)

When resetting the soleplate, take extra care to not get any epoxy into the markings, or screw slots. Cover the toe stamping area (Oil Hardened etc) with a strip of masking tape for additional protection against epoxy seepage into the stampings.


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