Routing for Binding & Purfling : Day 1


Thursday, July 24th, 2008:

Today I first did a lot of little things before tackling the binding. The very first thing I did was to sit down at my computer and make a list of all the steps I need to take next in finishing up this guitar, and in what order I should do each little part. Having it all thought-out and written down should help me from getting confused (and making stupid mistakes). It helps calm me down.

I used a sanding block to true up the sides of the soundbox. I rummaged through my scraps of leftover woods to find some curly koa I could use for my tail wedge (end graft) and some rosewood to use for my headplate. I cut a little binding/side purfling piece to use for my test cuts of the binding ledge.

Then I took a deep breath and started on the nerve-wracking (for me) task of routing the binding ledges. I am using the Williams binding router jig with the LMI binding cutter/bearing bits. For routing the binding w/side purfling ledge, I needed to use the .080" bit w/bearing. I did a few test routs first. Once I had the router all set up, I spent some time adjusting the soundbox in the holding cradle, to get the sides perpendicular to the table. I routed out the top binding ledges first, then the back.

It went well. I didn't have to re-do or touch up anything! Here are some photos.















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  1. A Little Detour....A Tour of My Workroom!!!
  2. Joining the Top
  3. Starting to Bend
  4. Bending, Day 2
  5. Bending, Day 3
  6. Neck Block, Center Strip, Cutaway!
  7. Bracing the Back, Gluing in the Blocks
  8. Shape Back Braces, Glue Neck Block, Make Spreaders
  9. Spreader, Rim, Kerfing
  10. Rim-Sanding, Brace-Shaping, Go-Bar Modification, & Obon!!!
  11. Side Strips & Rosette
  12. Beginning the Top Bracing
  13. Bracing, Continued...
  14. Gluing the Back
  15. Gluing the Top
  16. Trimming the Overhang
  17. Routing for Binding : Day 1
  18. Routing for Binding : Day 2
  19. Fitting & Gluing the Bindings
  20. The Soundbox is Done!!!
  21. Truss Rod Slot, Peghead Veneer
  22. Peghead, Start Heel
  23. Threaded Inserts, Neck Trimmed
  24. Fitting the Neck!!!
  25. Truss Rod Cavity, Heel Cap, Fingerboard Trimmed
  26. Finishing and Gluing the Fingerboard / Peghead Inlay
  27. Carving the Neck
  28. I Feel Good....The Basic Building is Done!!! (Now on to the Finishing....)
  29. Pore-Filling
  30. Sealing
  31. Finish Coats
  32. Finishing the Finish!!!
  33. Gluing the Bridge
  34. It's All Done!!!


  Well, that's enough pressure for today; I'll do the purfling ledges tomorrow.  


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