Keeping the brush from the deep plunge has always been a problem. When
Craig Brougher mentioned using Styrofoam peanuts I saw the practical
benefits of this method. However, once I left the pellets in
overnight and they somewhat disintegrated; I guess some are water
soluble in order for them to be bio-degradable. I threw out that
[ The bio-degradable "peanuts" are typically cornstarch.
[ Styrofoam doesn't dissolve in water. -- Robbie
I'm not certain which list I read this on, but a few weeks ago someone
mentioned that 'way back when' in the factory, the assemblers floated a
piece of wood in the glue pot for dipping the parts into. In my scrap
wood box I just happened to have a small piece which fit comfortably
into the jar in the glue pot. This supported the brush and a gentle
push submerged the wood to bring fresh glue to the surface with the
resurfacing wood. Long lost technology.
If I had the time and ambition I would scour the Archives to see who
posted that tidbit to thank them personally but this will have to do
Jon Page, piano technician
Harwich Port, Cape Cod, Mass.
[ You may thank Paul Manganaro! ;-) See his article in 000808 MMD,
[ "Gluing and Hand Polishing Cabinets". -- Robbie