Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Lenox, IL-USA
Re: Are all AANJs identical? S O S
hey craig...what you want to do is go to "Home Lowes" and find a dowel that is slightly larger than the holes you'll be filling (I think you want a 1/4" piece) then walk over to tools and grab a drill bit of the same size..... then walk over to the adhesives and get a small bottle of Titebond or Titebond II.....(I've heard Titebond III is bad for guitar work, I use it all the time, but better safe than sorry)
With supplies in hand you'll want to put something into each individual hole to mark it's depth (toothpicks work well). With a sharp pencil, put a mark on the tooth pick where it is flush with the outside of the neck....you now have a depth gauge for each hole. put a piece of masking tape around the bit slightly closer to the tip than your guage says to......it's better to leave a little room for the glue (I'm talking 1mm here, not a 1/4")
As straight as you can, drill the hole to depth. repeat this process for all 4 holes individually (don't assume the depth is the same for all 4 holes).
Using a toothpick, liberally coat the inside of one hole and the end of the dowel pin (now that you know the depth of each hole, you can pre-cut your dowels to be a little longer). Insert the dowel into the hole...this should require a little effort because of the glue but use some common sense, If it has to be forced in then something got into the hole...pull out the dowel and start over.
Once they're in (this should only take about 10-15 minutes) let them dry as long as possible....I leave things untouched for 24 hours. Once they're all dry you can sand the dowels flush. Now your ready for those new holes!!!!
Take pics during the process and post them up for everybody to see, even if you make mistakes...show those too!! It will benefit everyone!!!