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    Sure seems that you are making a big production over a simple task.
    The rear crosswire used to strengthen the draws area, can be removed by simply cutting out the small centre section of wood(if not already broken out) and using a pair of long nosed pliers, unscrew the wire until it protrudes from one side....then complete the unscrewing from the side.

    If done carefully enough, the wire should be good enough to reuse.

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    Wow a lot has happened in here since yesterday.

    First off the drill idea sounds great, just might have to nicely ask some machinist friends to drill out the pipe/rod to make the hole drill. However, I have one more thing to try and repair this area without removing the wire at all first. Might as well try it first.

    Regardless, I've got a way better idea of what I can work with in this area now which I am very appreciative of. No doubt I'll come revisit this thread many times in the future. Thanks everyone.

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    You've clearly done this job Muffet. I'd've been afraid the wire would break.

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    Rog, usually the timber is pretty well buggered, otherwise there would be no need for the repair.
    I do have this threaded wire on hand, but very rarely have to use it, the old stuff is pretty tough.

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    Thanks for the tip. I've got a few knackered but repairable forends scattered about & also a small supply of the new wire; I just haven't gotten around to doing any yet, although I did turn a new brass disc for the end of one of the brass pins used on the Long Lees a few weeks ago. I'll have to give your method a try because SMLE wood is getting far too valuable to waste, if it's at all repairable......

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    With the wire removed, you can cut and insert a complete inner block.
    Makes for a much neater repair, what you can't see, you don't worry about.


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