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    Repairing Damaged Base Pins

    We've all seen the dreaded vise grip damaged base pins. Here is an example of what can be done to drastically improve the appearance of them using only a few files and hand drill. I used a couple of different guitar string nut files (.020" and .024" wide) to recut the grooves and a flat file to smooth the ball and flats. Some folded sandpaper and some cold blue and this is the result after a few minutes.
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    Nice job! It looks really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hearsedriver View Post
    We've all seen the dreaded vise grip damaged base pins. Here is an example of what can be done to drastically improve the appearance of them using only a few files and hand drill. I used a couple of different guitar string nut files (.020" and .024" wide) to recut the grooves and a flat file to smooth the ball and flats. Some folded sandpaper and some cold blue and this is the result after a few minutes.
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    Nice work! And it didn't require a lathe either.
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    Using the drill as a lathe. I have done that a few times in the past! Nice work no matter how you did it!!
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    Great job! I'm sure if I attempted that I would finish what someone else started. (Ruining the base pin completely).

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    Very nice work. I thought I was the only one who works outside of the box. Great job. Looks so much better.

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    Excellent workmanship! I've a similar method to recondition some screw heads.
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