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    Durability of mixed wood handles?

    A lot of beautiful handles out there with different woods glued/epoxied together. How do they hold up over time? Do you have any problems with splitting at the glue line if the woods move differently when exposed to water/oil/humidity?

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    shouldn't be an issue if they're properly stabilized.

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    I have never had any issues. The epoxies now are often stronger and more durale than the wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucretia View Post
    A lot of beautiful handles out there with different woods glued/epoxied together. How do they hold up over time? Do you have any problems with splitting at the glue line if the woods move differently when exposed to water/oil/humidity?
    Even if woods are natural (unstabilized), the movement is relatively similar. However, for best durability, one should use internal pins.

    However, horn and wood, moves at a different rate, and if one is using horn for end cap, a pin is a must, even if horn is glued to stabilized wood.

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    From my experience building guitars, often the glue is stronger than the wood itself.

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    Yeah, what they all said. Another things that pieces are often set around dowels for more stability.
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    I've had one handle that broke at the joint but it was a reject and I was using it as a temp handle, not filled with epoxy. Other than that, I've had no problems.

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    Good to know! There are some really great looking handles out there--would hate to have one go to pieces just because it was used.

    Thanks!

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