Carbon Fiber Bushings: A ¾ violin came in with a crack in the “A” peg hole. I’ve repaired several of these with splines and spiraled bushings. Getting a spiral bushing squarely into the ¾ size peg box is delicate to say the least. I’ve read Jerry Pasewicz’s article on this carbon fiber bushing technique and decided that I’d buy the special hole saw with the proceeds from this job. Only to realize that I could not find a source for such a tiny hole saw. The mandrill has to be inserted through the opposite peg hole and screwed into the hole saw. Standard hole saws use set screws and drill bits. Even if they were small enough they would not work with the drill bit guide. The guide portion of the mandrill has to be smooth to preserve the original peg tapper, if at all possible. So, not being able to purchase the tool, I thought, I’ll make one! This little video highlights the steps. Once the hole saw was done the actual repair process was quite simple and very strong! Now I’m ready for the next cracked peg box, unless it’s a cello with peg holes greater than 9mm… Then I’ll make a bigger version :-) What a fun job this is, never a dull moment

Carbon Fiber Bushings: A ¾ violin came in with a crack in the “A” peg hole. I’ve repaired several of these with splines and spiraled bushings. Getting a spiral bushing squarely into the ¾ size peg box is delicate to say the least. I’ve read Jerry Pasewicz’s article on this carbon fiber bushing technique and decided that I’d buy the special hole saw with the proceeds from this job. Only to realize that I could not find a source for such a tiny hole saw. The mandrill has to be inserted through the opposite peg hole and screwed into the hole saw. Standard hole saws use set screws and drill bits. Even if they were small enough they would not work with the drill bit guide. The guide portion of the mandrill has to be smooth to preserve the original peg tapper, if at all possible. So, not being able to purchase the tool, I thought, I’ll make one! This little video highlights the steps. Once the hole saw was done the actual repair process was quite simple and very strong! Now I’m ready for the next cracked peg box, unless it’s a cello with peg holes greater than 9mm… Then I’ll make a bigger version :-) What a fun job this is, never a dull moment

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Carbon Fiber Bushings: A ¾ violin came in with a crack in the “A” peg hole. I’ve repaired several of these with splines and spiraled bushings. Getting a spiral bushing squarely into the ¾ size peg box is delicate to say the least. I’ve read Jerry Pasewicz’s article on this carbon fiber bushing technique and decided that I’d buy the special hole saw with the proceeds from this job. Only to realize that I could not find a source for such a tiny hole saw. The mandrill has to be inserted through the opposite peg hole and screwed into the hole saw. Standard hole saws use set screws and drill bits. Even if they were small enough they would not work with the drill bit guide. The guide portion of the mandrill has to be smooth to preserve the original peg tapper, if at all possible. So, not being able to purchase the tool, I thought, I’ll make one! This little video highlights the steps. Once the hole saw was done the actual repair process was quite simple and very strong! Now I’m ready for the next cracked peg box, unless it’s a cello with peg holes greater than 9mm… Then I’ll make a bigger version 🙂 What a fun job this is, never a dull moment!
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