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May 5, 2024 - 4:43:32 AM
703 posts since 12/27/2012

I would like to remove a peghead overlay to reuse on another neck
Thoughts on best methods please.

May 5, 2024 - 9:47:11 AM

Bill H


2301 posts since 11/7/2010

I have seen them band sawn off. Or you might try heat. I think that may vintage banjos used hide glue that may release with heat. Avery thin blade may help in releasing the veneer once heated.

May 5, 2024 - 3:09:29 PM

703 posts since 12/27/2012

Thanks Bill ,

May 5, 2024 - 3:58:32 PM

1894 posts since 4/13/2017

I have removed overlays by heating them with an iron. I put a thin rag (maybe like a T-shirt tear-off) on it, get it as hot as the iron will allow, then start slipping a utility knife between the overlay and the neck. I keep reheating with the iron as necessary until I have worked the utility knife all the way around the overlay, at which point it pops of super easily.

I've also used this method for removing fretboards.

May 5, 2024 - 4:30:37 PM

5456 posts since 11/20/2004

As much as I have seen fingerboards curl when heated and removed, I would expect a thin overlay to roll up quite a bit. Bandsawing sounds like a better option if I was looking to reuse it.

May 5, 2024 - 5:02:54 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


28047 posts since 6/25/2005

Edited by - Bill Rogers on 05/05/2024 17:28:59

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