You may recall in our last episode we were left hanging with a new piece of rosewood glued to the back of the peghead.
This gives you an idea of how much I had to work with. You can see the long section has already been trimmed - this contoured section at the top remains to be done.
I used a couple of small files and 220 grit sandpaper to trim the excess.
I think this is going to work.
Lesson learned: don't try to remove old veneer to fix cracks. Leave them on the instrument and fill them.
I just block-sanded the new piece down to the same height as the old one so it would match up.
I think this is going to work out.
Fortunately the original pieces were black.
I had also sanded the old finish off the mating piece on the "heel" of the headstock.
The dye is like stain - messy, goes everywhere and will spread like crazy through porous surfaces. I spread some on the top, and used a very fine paintbrush for the edges.
Now I'll spray clear nitro lacquer over it as it had been finished originally. I think it will look good.
Just need to wait until the humidity outside drops some so I can spray outside.