View Full Version : Help needed for very stupid mistake.!!

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

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.

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.!!

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Chopped Liver
05-31-2018, 12:10 PM