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I'm new to the forum, and looking for some tips on repairing large cracks in wood. For my high school senior project, I'm restoring an 1867 George Stevens and Co. pipe organ. Some of the larger pipes are made of wood and have developed splits along their length over the years. Thoughts on how to repair these? I'm thinking route out the cracks and put in some splines. To get an idea for what I'm going for, check out this page:http://www.andoverorgan.com/organs.rest.394a.php

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Sounds like you've got the right idea, since that's what the professionals did.

That said, be aware that changing the type of wood present may change the acoustics of the pipe, and having a different thickness of material may also change the sound. Good luck, and let us know how it's going!
 

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Help how far away are you from the info that you posted? if within 100 miles would be worth it for an up close look at what they did and a great way to ask questions
 

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Hey all,

I'm new to the forum, and looking for some tips on repairing large cracks in wood. For my high school senior project, I'm restoring an 1867 George Stevens and Co. pipe organ. Some of the larger pipes are made of wood and have developed splits along their length over the years. Thoughts on how to repair these? I'm thinking route out the cracks and put in some splines. To get an idea for what I'm going for, check out this page:http://www.andoverorgan.com/organs.rest.394a.php

Thanks!
Functionally it looks like you have it under control. Aesthetically if the repairs show it might have been better to mill the crack out the full length of the pipe. That way you wouldn't have the rounded end of the spline showing.
 
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