damaged dovetail
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Author:  lonecedar959 [ Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:43 pm ]
Post subject:  damaged dovetail


This is the neck from an Airline 7032 (Harmony Sovereign clone). The dovetail tenon is slightly damaged on the very front.

Does it matter? Can I go forward with the neck reset without having to repair it or should I glue a piece in there and shape it?

No - I dont have the missing piece.



Author:  MaineGeezer [ Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

I don't have enough experience to know, but in my ignorance I might do something like this. Uniformly shave some amount off the beat-up dovetail surface and glue on another face piece, making it thick enough to either cut away the bad areas entirely, or at least thick enough so it is sufficiently strong to bridge over the bad spots. I've drawn it going the full length, although I suppose it doesm't have to. It might be easier to cut it that way though.

Before doing this, I think I would wait for a second opinion. You may not need to do anything. I can't offer a solid opinion about that just from the pictures. but you most definitely do not need perfect mating surfaces.

Author:  lonecedar959 [ Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

Thanks Mainegeezer - I should have clarified that picture a little. Its the top of the tenon that I am concerned about (circled in Red). The chunk half way down (circled in blue) I have that piece and will be gluiing it back on. The rest of the tenon is the way it was when it came out of the mortise.

Author:  MaineGeezer [ Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

If it's the way it appears to be, I don't think you need to worry about it. Put it together annd call it a day.

Perhaps, however, one one of the more experienced members will explain how they would do the repair, if one did want to repair it.

Author:  tippie53 [ Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

I run into this pretty often and what I do is clean up the tenon and glue on an over sized shim , it should be fine I keep the angle of the original tenon.

Author:  ruby@magpage.com [ Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

Remember that the bottom of the dovetail is the area that does the work. The force of the strings is trying to pull the bottom away from the body. The top area is being pushed in towards the body, so that area only needs to stabilize the joint.


Author:  lonecedar959 [ Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

Thanks everyone -

I didn't think it was too serious.

John I believe I will do what you suggest.



Author:  tippie53 [ Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

actually the bottom of the dovetail doesn't or should not be in contact with the block. The dovetail is an interference fit joint. Martin only uses the sides of the dove tail. The joint needs to have clean contact on the sides. I only did a few thousand of these joints . I used to think early you want the dovetail to be perfect all around but that was proven wrong early.
I show this in this video

Author:  tippie53 [ Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail

did you mean the deeper part of the tenon ? Not the point of the vee.
in that point you would be 100% correct

Author:  ruby@magpage.com [ Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: damaged dovetail


The point of the V, the bottom half of the joint, is the one with the strain pulling on the dovetail. On the upper half, the cheeks of the neck, on the outside of the body just below the fretboard, the joint is pushed together.

That's why my single bolt down low in a bolted M+T neck works. I posed this idea in another forum and got a whole bunch of luthiers saying they do a singe bolt also.


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