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 Post subject: Mornington Island repair
PostPosted: 02.06.2007, 02:07 
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I posted this on another site recently but I thought others may find it useful. Most repairs aren't hard, they just need a bit of thought sometimes!!!!
I recently bought a vintage Mornington Island didjeridu c1970. It had a small split towards the bottom end and a knot hole about a third of the way down, here's how I repaired it. As you can see from the picture the hole is quite large. I was going to make a wood filler piece but the hole tapered away on the inside so there was nothing to attach it to. I decided to use epoxy resin(araldite) and wood shavings. I stained the wood shavings a walnut colour to make the repair less obvious. I then stuffed bubble wrap into the hole leaving a recess about 3/8 inch deep to allow a decent thickness of filler. I mixed the epoxy with the shavings (quite alot of them to make it look a bit like wood) and half filled the hole. after about 10 minutes once it had started to set I used a long piece of dowelling to push the bubble wrap out of the , finally filling in the rest to the level of the rest of the didge( any excess was carefully cut off whilst still half set). I did he same for the split which I had to widen a bit to get the filler in, once I started raking around with a knife the crack became longer and wider. This time I used an inflated mountain bike inner tube to block off the split from the inside.
It turned out really well, I gave it a good polish and it plays great. Here are some before and after pics.


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Nice work, Paul :)

I believe the infamous Mr. Thill often used the inner tube trick- works extremely well!


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Thanks Jason

Yes it does, Kyle mentioned that araldite gets hot when it starts to cure, he is right!!! but if you use the rapid setting araldite which sets hard in about 10 mins you can yank the tube out pretty quickly( after a couple of minutes) before it gets too hot. I did and its back on my bike, no holes or anything. Another tip, try covering the tube in talcum powder, is just enough to stop the glue from stickng to it.

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Hi there

Exelent job ! ,thanks for posting these .

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It is indeed a good job. Well done!


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