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  • Grain Filling Question

    I noticed about a week ago that part of the grain in my ash cue has come out and left little gaps in the wood where it now feels a bit rough. There are only two little gaps near the top end of the wood, about 4in down from the ferrule (picture attached). Was just wondering if there’s a quick fix for these two little gaps in the wood or would I have to use grain filler on the whole of the cue? Any advice would be appreciated.

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    When applying grain filler the shaft is first sanded very smooth and the grain filler simply seeps into the grain to enhance it as the grain is a bit softer than the rest of the wood. You can use black paint, black wax, coloured oil, activated charcoal or a dark powder/wood dust mixed with a filler paste.

    What you have there are two little resin pockets that were filled and the filler has come out.

    To fix apply some drops of super glue into the pockets and sprinkle over a pinch or two of baking soda, this will then create a chemical reaction where the two will form a super hard substance to fill the pockets that can then be sanded down. There are several videos on youtube showing how this is done.
    After sanding apply some cue oil and leave to dry overnight.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by vmax View Post
      When applying grain filler the shaft is first sanded very smooth and the grain filler simply seeps into the grain to enhance it as the grain is a bit softer than the rest of the wood. You can use black paint, black wax, coloured oil, activated charcoal or a dark powder/wood dust mixed with a filler paste.

      What you have there are two little resin pockets that were filled and the filler has come out.

      To fix apply some drops of super glue into the pockets and sprinkle over a pinch or two of baking soda, this will then create a chemical reaction where the two will form a super hard substance to fill the pockets that can then be sanded down. There are several videos on youtube showing how this is done.
      After sanding apply some cue oil and leave to dry overnight.
      Thanks for your reply vmax. Super glue & baking soda? Really? I thought these two little gaps was just where the grain has come out of the wood and now it’s hollow? Is it best to use super glue gel or liquid? This might make it look a mess as I’m guessing where the two little gaps are now used to be filled in before with the grain colour being black. Do you have any links to the YouTube videos?


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      • #4
        You can see the grain is much finer than those two gaps, so it's not a grain issue. Just click on youtube and type super glue and baking soda into the search box.
        Speak up, you've got to speak up against the madness, you've got speak your mind if you dare
        but don't try to get yourself elected, for if you do you'll have to cut your hair

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        • #5
          Originally posted by vmax View Post
          You can see the grain is much finer than those two gaps, so it's not a grain issue. Just click on youtube and type super glue and baking soda into the search box.
          Thanks vmax. What kind of super glue is best to use the gel or liquid? What has caused this to happen, is it just over time this can happen? Is it normal? I’ve had the cue for 15-16 years and it’s in really good condition apart from this.

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          • #6
            we use superglue in liquid form for a similar repair, its also available in black from specialist guitar repair suppliers, I've put a little black wood dye in before with no problems just mix it in a disposable cup or similar
            https://tonetechluthiersupplies.co.u...713fd12fd15d94
            this can be sanded smooth, for application I use a pin or fine wire and drop it in one drop at a time. and then build the depth up in layers,, slowly dose it......
            Must practice more!!!

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