Last week I bought a very nice grade 3 walnut FTR stock to go on my Daystate CR94.
I paid a bit extra to cover shipping by guranteed 24hr insured delivery, the package arrived on time, but on unwrapping it I was gutted to find that this had happened in transit:
Once the initial shock had worn off, I started to assess the situation and plan the repair.
Using some high strength fast setting epoxy resin I first re-attached the small piece of wood to the upper half of the stock. Once this had set I then looked at rejoining the two major pieces.
The first step was to drill a hole through the inside of the upper grip section to allow fitting of a screw. The two halves were held firmly in alignment and the self tapping pozidrive screw was fastened down through the grip to hold the stock together.
Separating the two halves again, all break surfaces were liberally coated with the epoxy resin, joined together and the screw fixed tightly to hold the stock together. Excess resin was allowed to ooze from the joints and the stock was left while the resin cured to good handling strength.
Once the resin had formed a trong joint two further screws were added within the grip to further reinforce the joint. The excess resin was then filed off and the edges of the joints sanded smooth.
Where the break passed through the stippling, new stippling was applied. Once all the areas were blended in, an oil finish was reapplied.
Hopefully none of you guys will have to go through this, but before being too gloomy should it happen, it just goes to show that careful thought can help to resurrect something!
Incidentally I am going to make a claim against the postal service for the cost of the repair.