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Don't overthink it. It's not that bad that it needs biscuit joinery. Send it to Brian Board or Brian Dudley or Dennis "TSD". Personally I wouldn't attempt a repair myself on such a nice VH.

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Looks like a Parker= VH-PH-GH area- not sure as to gauge though-and frame size.. Nicely done.. RWTF


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Those images from Mark Dube are of our friend Claudio Opacek’s work. Claudio has done masterful work repairing both a Lindner Diamond and a Purdey for me.


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If that crack is no worse inside than it appears to be it can be permanently repaired so as to be invisible by using a cyanoacrylate and then carefully sanding the finish into the area. I repaired a figured buttstock for a FAIR Verona that had just such a crack, several years ago, and the glued crack absolutely disappeared when sanding in the finish. I have done cracks like this one several times in the past with cyanoacrylate alone and never had one rebreak. I like these Satellite City glues for this:

https://www.ebay.com/p/1381286135?iid=254658154482

Just my experience, which is limited, but again, these glues have never failed me. I do like the idea of gluing in a fillet, of some type or another, for extra strength, but have never attempted it myself.


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I've glued cracks like this and I like to inlet a piece of ash or hickory under the guard and I glue it with West System epoxy. It's probably overkill but then I don't have to worry about failure.

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I’ve heard good things about the West Systems epoxy, but, never used it. The cracks I’ve glued up were repaired with 3M products, usually 2216 structural adhesive, as it was easy to find, locally. Very generally, I don’t find Isocyanates to be as durable as quality, name brand epoxy.

You don’t get good epoxy at Harbor Freight.

I’ve had about two repairs on wood that convinced a few I was a genius, but, I was more likely very lucky and got to it before things got worse.

That’s all I’ve got.

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Originally Posted by Hammergun
I've glued cracks like this and I like to inlet a piece of ash or hickory under the guard and I glue it with West System epoxy. It's probably overkill but then I don't have to worry about failure.

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In repairing cracks like we are discussing "overkill" is a good concept. In my experience, the first attempt at the repair is your best shot at getting a cosmetically acceptable & permanent repair. If the crack returns after repair by simply putting adhesive in the crack it is much more difficult to achieve this. It never hurts to add some reinforcement if you can do it w/o it showing.

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I have used West Systems epoxy extensively building and maintaining wooden boats. I've used traditional methods whenever possible but epoxy can solve problems quickly and economically that otherwise would keep a boat out of the water for a long time. A wooden boat out of the water for a long time is under stress and creates new problems.

What is nice about the West System products is that you can mix the epoxy straight without filler which allows it to saturate the wood for good adhesion. You can then mix with filler to thicken the mixture and most importantly add strength. The high strength fillers are sold next to the epoxy at any marine supply.

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Thanks for all replies, gentlemen. All good info!
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I've used West Systems epoxy on boats, too. And, it's good stuff. No reason it wouldn't be great for hidden areas on a gun.

BTW, I repaired a crack in the wrist on a buttstock given to me for my Perazzi comp gun. I did that with the Satellite City cyanoacrylate about 13-14 years ago. It's been shot hard since then and it's never showed any signs of re-cracking. The good thing about using this type glue on external cracks is that it's so easy to hide the repair. JMO, YMMV.


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