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Thread: Little bit of tearout in back--repair with purfling, or cut a matched piece?

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    Default Little bit of tearout in back--repair with purfling, or cut a matched piece?

    So in routing my binding channels last night I got the tiniest bit of tear out, right over where my kerfed lining didn't quite make it to the tail block (have no idea if that was the cause, but there it is!). It's small enough that I could just add purfling, which I'm adding to the front anyway, and that should cover it up. Thing is, does anyone ever add purfling to the back of a ukulele? My other option is to go to my cherry scraps and try to cut a matched piece and glue it in...it's so tiny, though. What would you do? Saw dust and glue?
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    Add purfling. I always have back purfling.

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    A cut piece or filler just isn't going to look right. Use a wider purfling so it simply looks like the luthier choice for dressing up the Uke.
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    Ouch... Yes, the gap between the tailblock and the lining probably caused the problem. Do what others have said and cut in purfling. However that looks like it would be pretty large ledge for purfling to catch and cover that hole. Good luck and send pictures.

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    What size is the uke? I've used the herringbone purfling for this very reason. It comes in various widths. The size needed to cover that might look kinda funny on a smaller uke.
    Mine was a tenor and I had to add the same purfling on the top to balance it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by resoman View Post
    What size is the uke? I've used the herringbone purfling for this very reason. It comes in various widths. The size needed to cover that might look kinda funny on a smaller uke.
    Mine was a tenor and I had to add the same purfling on the top to balance it out.

    It's a tenor. I think the hole looks bigger than it is. I am using black white black on the front, and will likely do the same on the back, so it's fairly thick to begin with. Probably not quite herringbone thick! Thanks for everybody's response, I'll try the purfling. I'm nervous about routing the new channel over that same spot, but I'll spray it up with some shellac and hope for the best!

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    Ya man! Good job
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    Excellent high wire act. Sharp saw, nerves of steel.

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    It seems to me that as we learn and become better builders much of the learning process is learning how to deal with our mistakes
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