Trade Secrets!

YIKES! Using a reamer in an electric drill


Issue 243 May 21, 2015



This little parlor guitar was found in a trash can and Dan Erlewine is doing a quick fix on the bridge. The pin holes were entirely chewed up. Dan’s drilling them out with a peg hole reamer then plugging them with peg-shaped plugs of hardwood.
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About the guitar in this video: There’s not much known about this little guitar. Dan calls it a “catalog” guitar because instruments like this were so common on catalog pages from the 1920s and 1930s.

blankIn this Trade Secrets video:
  • checkmarkStrange black stain burned into the guitar top
  • checkmarkTurning a hand reamer into an oversize drill bit!
  • checkmarkCreating tapered plugs from a hardwood dowel
  • checkmarkPatching the bridge pin holes in order to re-drill them

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