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If you use a plastic or wood for the hollow piece you dont need the paper towel
 
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I have a chunk of pine with a slightly larger hole than the stud drilled in it....pine is soft so won't marr the top etc

I use a bolt with some washers and it pulls right out

I used to drop something in the hole, but mahogany is soft so I don't like pushing against the bottom of that hole. probably not a big deal though.
 

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Same as Jimmy_D.
Short flat head screw upside down in the hole, screw post on top. Comes out like magic. I don't think it mars the wood at the bottom of the whole, there is really no pressure applied while doing it. And if it does ... who cares ?
 

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Short flat head screw upside down in the hole, screw post on top. Comes out like magic. I don't think it mars the wood at the bottom of the whole, there is really no pressure applied while doing it. And if it does ... who cares ?
well there is pressure being applied...that is how the stud is being forced out :D

and if someone previously glued the studs in ( this happens ) you could be in trouble

...on the "anal-retentive tone hound" front, it can be preferable to have the bottom of the bolt in contact with the mahogany. if you push the mahogany down & deform it, that won't be happening

when I work on a guitar, I always choose a technique that has the least chance of any kind of damage.

...who cares? I do
 

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well there is pressure being applied...that is how the stud is being forced out :D

and if someone previously glued the studs in ( this happens ) you could be in trouble

...on the "anal-retentive tone hound" front, it can be preferable to have the bottom of the bolt in contact with the mahogany. if you push the mahogany down & deform it, that won't be happening

when I work on a guitar, I always choose a technique that has the least chance of any kind of damage.

...who cares? I do
Well you make a good point in that one should always measure the depth of the hole vs the body thickness to determine how much lumber is left under the bushing and judging whether it can withstand the pressure, as you never know how deep the holes are.

As far as what happens at the bottom of the hole... the holes are almost always deeper than the bushing, and the bushing itself is open at the bottom so there is no contact there.

The post may or may not touch the bottom depending on your set up, but if it does a tiny it of compressed wood, smaller in diameter than the post itself, probably won't matter.

Personally I'd rather push it out by putting the pressure where it can't be seen, before risking damage by putting it on the top of a customers finished guitar.
 

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So...they're out. Just dropped a flat headed screw down the hole and screwed down, screwed back up and that's all she wrote.

It was glued, but there was no damage.
 
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