You may recall I have a ca. 1931 Gibson on the workbench for some crack repairs. I've gotten back to working on it.
The guitar took a hit near the edge of the rim, probably on an angle. The hit caused a couple of long cracks to open along the grain lines - see the red arrows.
And there are also some breaks across the grain which didn't go through the top - they split horizontally. Those are the areas the green arrows point to.
I need to open up the long cracks, as well as the splits, to get glue into them.
Now we can get glue into those joints.
You can see how the piece was broken - the spruce is actually split in half horizontally.
I'll do that as Phase 2 of this repair. For now, I want to get the large cracks glued up.
Paul Prudhomme makes hide glue? Dig it!
(I accidentally broke my trusty Felix hide glue jar; it cracked after being heated and cooled so many times.)
I heated the cracks up a bit with a hot air gun to give me some extra working time...
I worked so fast that my camera didn't have time to focus!
Then I pressed the cracks down flat.
There's also a caul on the bottom - both are there to protect the guitar.
I'm pretty happy with it. The cracks are all flat and the repair is very solid. The ugly spot where those pieces are missing looks bad, but I'll glue those pieces back in next and it'll look much better.