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Parto
05-29-2018, 08:32 AM
So in my haste I attached my back without removing a clamp holding the soundboard down in my mold
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I managed to grind the head of the bolt off to remove the body from the mold but the wooden hold down is too big to fit through the sound hole.
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Any ideas how to cut it down into pieces small enough to fit through the sound hole? I'm thinking maybe dremel with a router bit but any advise welcome. I won't be making this mistake again that's for sure.!!

hoji
05-29-2018, 09:12 AM
I'm thinking Dremel as well.. Maybe the "high-speed cutter" bit, or small router. Also maybe use angled needle-nose pliers or forceps to hold that piece steady.

Michael N.
05-29-2018, 10:20 AM
Jigsaw with a fine scroll type blade? You might be able to clamp the caul (using small G clamps) to the underside of the soundhole. Then carefully nibble away at that clamping block keeping well away from the soundhole edges. Reposition and keep going at it.

lauburu
05-29-2018, 11:25 AM
Before doing anything, put it aside for a few days until the red tide of anger has ebbed.

Three options that I can see:
1. Use a flexible cable available for Dremels and drills and slowly work away at it until it surrenders
2. Tape one end of a hacksaw blade to form a handle and work away .......
3. Hold it by the neck and use it as a percussion instrument

Miguel

Titchtheclown
05-29-2018, 01:32 PM
I have a pocket camping cable saw that could loop around it pull up and cut in half.
I would however try a bit on the contortional aspect first as there may be a particular angle of dangle that will allow one end to come out first with no further destructive measures required.
Before either of those measures a couple of layers of masking tape to prevent scratches on and around the edges of the sound hole sounds like a good idea.

Titchtheclown
05-29-2018, 04:18 PM
Cable saws are also found in the plumbing aisle of the hardware store, being useful for cutting pvc pipes in awkward places.

Timbuck
05-29-2018, 07:49 PM
Cable saws are also found in the plumbing aisle of the hardware store, being useful for cutting pvc pipes in awkward places. I do what Michael N said "clamp it to the underside of the soundhole" then chain dot drill it...Or use my oscillating saw with the small blade. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B016C0VVQI/ref=s9_acsd_top_hd_bw_b27FOzv_c_x_w?pf_rd_m=A3P5RO KL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=62S1ZYMR4H8E10AQVSBW&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=a0a6a4e0-f39a-5707-999d-c07aa4e33d41&pf_rd_i=1939371031 Tichtheclown idea of the cable saw is also good.

Parto
05-29-2018, 11:05 PM
Thanks all for the advise. I have an oscillating saw and jigsaw so will see how much clearance there is and have a go.

orangeena
05-31-2018, 04:30 AM
Clearly missing the point. What the man needs is a stiff drink.

Parto
05-31-2018, 09:18 AM
So managed to get it out with only a bit of damage to the label twisting the piece out. The oscillating saw was the way to go, started with the jigsaw but too scary, saw felt relatively controlled.
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Chopped Liver
05-31-2018, 12:10 PM
Yay!!

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