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Binding on a Budget

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Chewy, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. Chewy

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    Hi folks, I've got a barnbuster bod on the way, $25 ebay special from recycled pine.

    I really really really want to add binding to this guitar (never done so before) and I really really really want to not spend too many of the precious dollars I have saved to put my kids through nursery school.

    I've got a dremel, I've got a drill press. I see that stewmac sells a router-ish base for the dremel, but for the cost (~$50) I could probably get a used router off ebay anyway. If I were to go down that road, how much power do I need? 1 hp? 1.5? .5?

    Conversely, can I just buy a piloted router bit (http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tool...Bits/Bits/Piloted_Router_Bit_for_Binding.html) and throw it on my drill press?

    As always, thanks for your help, TDPRI & Friends!
     
  2. guitarbuilder

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    Captain Nutslot Friend of Leo's

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    I'm gonna give one of these a try, thanks for the link! .5 hp decent enough? With a sharp bit and routing in the right direction I would think it's be fine.
     
  4. guitarbuilder

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    It's what I have on my binding jig.
     
  5. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Friend of Leo's

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    If you want to do it on a budget, you can buy any old flush trim bit and a bearing such that the resulting channel is the right depth. I use a 1/2" bit with a 3/8" bearing for a nominal channel width of 1/16". I put .06 binding in it. Much cheaper than the gazillion dollars stewmac wants for their bit, albeit their bit has a slight shear cut to it so it keeps things nice and clean (though mine kept everything nice and clean too...).
     
  6. bender66

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    Just purchased one of those HF trim routers a couple days ago. Still in the bag. Didn't even think about routing for binding!

    Thanks for the heads up!
     
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  8. Greg M

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    Do a google image search for Dremel binding jig. Many people have made their own. How well they work is, of course, another story. :neutral:
     
  9. roffe

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    That's exactly what I did and it worked great, no fuzz or tearout.

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