Sometimes when rehairing a student bow, the tongue is almost completely missing. If that's the case, fitting a wedge will not hold. Usually it's not worth making a new ebony tongue or fitting a new frog. Here is a quick solution that allows you to rehair the bow. I can do this fairly quick, so I don't usually charge for this type of repair.
- Remove the ring, slide, block and hair.
- Use Vaseline to coat the inside of the ring.
- Tape or clamp the ring onto the frog.
- Mix up some filler like Quick Wood. If you want it a little stronger, mix up some epoxy and then mix that into the filler.
- Pack the filler into the ring and remove any excess from the "slide" side of the ring.
- Let it set up about 30 minutes, test to see how stiff it is. If it's setup a little, carefully remove the slide and with a sharp knife cut away a space for the hair and wedge.
- Let it cure for 1 day.
- Test how well it's adhered to the frog. If it's loose glue the cast piece to the frog and wait till the next day.
- Finish up with a knife and file.
- If there isn't much glue surface for the cast piece to attach to the frog, add a piect of fiber to give a greater glue surface.
- You could dye it black to hide the repair, but I usually leave it off color so that next time someone rehairs the bow they know there is a tongue problem.
Here are a couple of photos, after it's finished.
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