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JOB FINISHED SEPT 4 2017: Early Australian-made Cole Clark Fat Lady, solid timbers with hand-carved top and bottom. Belongs to Sam, a friend of my daughter Sammy. Cracked and smashed and sorely needed to spend some time with the gimp in the dungeon...

BEFORE:

 

RESTORATION

side pulled in and hairline cracks on the top glued first:

 

3 cracks and fragile surface that's easily depressed with a finger:

 

Cole Clark's don't use kerfs to join top & bottom to sides so 3 reinforcing kerfs added:

 

rough edges cut straight ready for patching:

 

tricky corner rebuild:

 

before...

and after, ready for final sanding and polishing:

 

razor scraping to level the fretboard to remove deep pitting and raised edges of fret markers:

razor + 0000 wool + fret oil + elbow grease = yeah!

 

cleaned with soapy water and 0000 steel wool, polished with beeswax and lemon oil mixture

FIXED, STRUNG & SINGIN' LIKE A BIRD!

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