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RE: Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

My bit was not a spiral,,, It came from the guy across the street who died and Dad bought the tools from his garage. He was a tool and die maker. -- Keith Roberts owner Hathaway Pines CA 209-728-2163 --


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I had some mortises that were too small. I used my centering vice on the drill press with the milling bit. Align the key with one of the directions the vice moves. I calculated to use a 1/4 bit. With a .146 pin and a .218 mortise (7/32), that leaves you with only .036 to maybe .040 thick bushing...


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Back when I published instructions for rebushing keys using the Bushmaster and Accu-cauls, soaking, and/or steaming was the only viable method I had ever been exposed to for bushing removal...neither one of which do I particularly like, but soaking with a felt wedge has been pretty much my go to...


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RE: Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

certainly an interesting technique and one to add to the magician bag. i have had bushing come out so easily at times i wondered if they even had been glued. on the other hand some bushings are so stuck they feel like they are welded. i have done steaming with the wet cloth and clothes iron ,...


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RE: Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

All, This method does require a bit of practice to be able to do it without causing damage. I'll repeat does require practice. It also requires using tools that give as much as control as possible. The drill i am using is a variable speed drill that allows me to turn the bit very very slowly...


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Is any wood removed this way? I thought I saw some sawdust, but it is hard to see in the video. This might be something to try on those keys that have that white, incredibly sticky, gummy glue that nothing seems to unstick. Otherwise, I would prefer to do it the traditional way to avoid risk of...


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RE: Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

HI Chris, Thanks for posting this. Like all new (and radical) methods the best way to evaluate is try it. I have some spare keys from a piano that went to the landfill. I'll try your method and see how it goes. David Weiss


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RE: Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

Very nice! Thanks for sharing Chris 👍 -- "That Tuning Guy" Scott Kerns www.thattuningguy.com Tunic OnlyPure, TuneLab & Easy Piano Tuner user --


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RE: Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

I see you are not a believer in mortice sizing cauls. You'd rather glaze the side with a hot caul. No thanks. -- Regards, Jon Page --


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Keybushing Cloth Removal Quick and Easy

Hi All, Here's a method I've been using for removing keybushing cloth out of piano keys quick and easy. I use a 7/32" mill bit . It takes a little bit of practice, but controlling the drill speed and by developing a "feel" you can remove the felt without damaging to the hole. I can remove all...