Hole-y Maton

David’s Maton with the extra hole…

David had a bit of an accident with a chair and he’s added an unrequired extra hole…

Now, the difficulty here is that the guitar has laminated back and sides and a matte, natural finish.

If the hole had been in a solid timber guitar, it may have been possible to “knit” the wood back together.

But with laminate, the pieces just broke out on trying to put the hole back together…

Fortunately, I had a piece of Queensland maple that might sort of match the damaged area and even though matching the grain couldn’t really be an option, I’ve made an oval patch large enough to cover the damaged area.

I had said to David that I was never going to be able to make the hole disappear and realistically, the best we could hope for would be to minimise the damage.

Anyway, the patch is traced around using a sharp scribe…

…and the area within is carefully removed down to the scribed line.

When the patch is a neat fit…

…it is glued in place.

The glue is allowed to dry and the patch is carefully carved with a very sharp chisel to conform to the radius of the side.

So as to avoid having to refinish the entire side of the guitar, it’s imperative that everything is done with the chisel. Sanding over the patched area just isn’t an option…

When the patch is pared down flush with the side…

…I have put a gauze “bandage” over the patch on the inside of the guitar.

When the glue dries, the damaged area will be as strong as it was originally.

Now all that remains to be done is to apply some oil-type finish to the new patch…

…and the new section, while still visible, from a short distance is quite acceptable.

The repair probably took an hour and a half and certainly won’t cost David a week’s salary…