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Braden
07-30-2014, 09:12 PM
A friend of mine showed me is uke, which has a lot of wear around the lower bout. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to go about repairing it.

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ukantor
07-30-2014, 10:28 PM
The front of this instrument is laminated wood, and the top surface has been partially removed by regular wear and tear. It is only cosmetic damage and does not compromise the structural integrity. An attempt to replace the missing pieces of veneer will be likely to remain very noticeable. I would simply accept it as part of the uke's life story, or just stick a small decal or similar over the area.

John Colter.

Braden
07-30-2014, 11:16 PM
Hi John,

Thanks for the reply. The issue my friend is having with the wear is that it's developing jagged edges which make it uncomfortable to play. I'm considering suggesting he sand the edges, but that seems like only a band-aid fix to me as it's only a matter of time before the edges become jagged again.

ukantor
07-31-2014, 12:48 AM
Yes, it's the edges that are the problem. It could be that the damage was caused by fibres in a sleeve catching in the grain of the wood, and hoiking it off. You might consider fitting some kind of guard, similar to a scratch plate. This would hide the affected area and help avoid further damage. If you choose material which is a contrasting colour, then it will be obvious that it is not intended to be a match to the original finish. In other words, make a feature of it.

John C.

mzuch
07-31-2014, 02:03 AM
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PhilUSAFRet
07-31-2014, 02:32 AM
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Hadn't run across this page before. Thank you so much for sharing. I added it to my "collection"

Flyfish57
07-31-2014, 03:30 AM
It looks as though the ply is delaminating. I would just shoot some thin super glue around the edges then build up around the edge of the top laminate with a thicker super glue and call it done.

Michael Smith
07-31-2014, 09:25 AM
Replace the bad area with a dissimilar veneer. You could make an interesting shape if you wish. My buddy does this kind of thing with a scalpel. Remove the old with a small sharp chisel, scalpel or router, (just that top veneer layer of course) glue in the new veneer, sand and finish. You can wick in CA to any areas that are loose along the edge. I don't think that you can get a good match so make an interesting shape of it.

Braden
07-31-2014, 08:04 PM
These are all great suggestions! Thanks for the input. I've forwarded your suggestions and will let you know what he decided to do, and post a pic if anyone's interested.