Espresso Machine as a Luthier’s Steamer

Espresso Machine as a Luthier's Steamer
Espresso Machine as a Luthier’s Steamer

Problem: The fretboard is separating from this 1929 Kalamazoo mandolin, and the rosette is separating from the soundhole as well.Both need to be removed and properly reglued with hide glue. But how to remove the old glue so that I can separate the parts?

Solution: a Starbucks home espresso machine from a garage sale. Works like a charm. With steam, a palette knife, and some elbow grease, it’s suddenly easy to remove the old glue. And hey – if I add some tubing and a needle, I’ll have a neck steamer.

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