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Binding

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by SonicMustang, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. SonicMustang

    SonicMustang Tele-Meister

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    Hello everyone,

    My buddy and I have been working on building guitar bodies from scratch. We have two under our belt that I feel have gone very well. With the next couple we are going to attempt new things, one of which is binding.

    This morning he sent me a link to a guide tool for using a Dremel to cut the binding channel. We have a Dremel tool and a router.

    Do you think this tool would be a beneficial investment? I've never seen it used and in all of the videos I've seen everyone just uses a router.
     
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  3. guitarbuilder

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    I'd get a router and binding bit. I bought a binding adapter for my dremel and thought it was the worst thing I ever spent money on.

    Binding a flat body isn't too bad. You can use a router table. For a carved top, you want to build a binding jig for the best results. You can get a rabbeting bit set. An instrument building set has more bearings that are closer in size to binding.

    I have used both of these sets, although the one from s-m was once sold with fewer bearings back in the day.


    Freud Flush, 1/8", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2" Depth Rabbeting Bit Set with interchangeable bearings with 1/4" Shank (32-504) - - Amazon.com


    Binding Router Bit Set | stewmac.com

    I think somebody here has used this one, but I have not.

    Amana Tool 49342 Carbide Tipped Binding/Rabbeting 15mm D x 11.5mm CH x 1/4 SHK Router Bit Set (toolstoday.com)



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    Now going cheap and old school.....this type of thing was common 40 years ago in books and in instrument shops. It does a better job than a dremel, which is a useless tool in my book, unless you are doing inlay or cutting a nail head off.


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    Andy's Homemade Guitars (zen.co.uk)
     
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  4. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Doctor of Teleocity

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    That Dremel is primarily an acoustic tool and few I know have them grab them first thing. They only seem to be used in small spots. I don't do binding like I once did but have never owned one though I have two Dremels ;)
     
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    We'll just stick with our router then! Thanks!
     
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  6. Steve Holt

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    I think that's a better way to go for sure.
     
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    I bought one of those when I did my F style mandolin, it was the only way to get around all the little scrolls

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    For routing channels on flat topped instruments just use a set of stepped bits in an ordinary laminate trimmer. I have taped some little wedges on the bottom because the top and back have a very slight angle on this guitar

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    or a router table with stepped bits

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    For tops that slope to the edge you will need a floating router that indexes from the top and side

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    You might find this helpful

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/binding-101.1002709/
     
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  8. dogmeat

    dogmeat Friend of Leo's

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    don't know about that one but I have the StewMac Moto router base. it works fine. you want the baddazz bit that goes with it though. you may not want to take it all in one cut if it's more than 1/8 by 1/4.
     
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