Binding Prep

Friday, June 5th, 2015:

Here's the Stew-Mac binding router jig. I have used melamine board for both the router base platform and the guitar carriage, because the melamine will help it to all slide smoothly on the base as I pass the guitar carriage under the router jig.



We have decided to use wood bindings, instead of the plastic bindings supplied with the kits.

Yesterday I tried hand-bending (on an electric bending iron) various wood strips I had on hand (bloodwood, curly koa, ebony), and, while I could do it, I thought it might be a little too difficult and frustrating for Randall, a first-time builder. The bloodwood bindings, which he preferred, are prone to cracking more easily when you are hand-bending them.

I had not had a side bending form built, as the kits had come with the sides already bent, and so had not planned to make a side bending form just for the binding. However, today I changed my mind, and I was able to adapt the cut-off wood from building my mold, to become a side-bending form. I only needed to make it a little bit smaller. to account for the thickness of the various side-bending materials (spring steel slat, Kraft paper, aluminum foil, and the wood sides), and cut certain sections (the waist and ends) a bit deeper, to allow for springback of the wood. I also needed to add a couple of wood strips at the bottom, so that the form would be high enough in the side bender for the waist caul to reach the waist.



I also made a waist caul for use with the bending macine, to fit this particular guitar's waist area.


Here is the bending form I made today. I have glued 7/16" wood dowels into the perimeter of the form. I have placed the waist caul on top of the form, so you can see how it fits.


Here is how the bending form will be placed into the side bending machine.


Tomorrow (Saturday) I will try bending the binding for my guitar.





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