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Making custom guitar bindings when stock sizes don't fit


Issue 211 February 27, 2014

Replacing a section of this binding from the 1930s requires thicknesses that are no longer available. Dan Erlewine has to custom-size some new wood bindings on his drill press. It's not hard to do: watch the new pieces fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
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About the guitar in this video: This is the third Trade Secret in a row featuring this great 1930s Kay Deluxe. It's nearly done now!
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blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmark"De-Gooing" the glue joint
  • checkmarkA micro-chisel that's been ground down to be a "mini-micro" (nano?) scraper
  • checkmarkUsing the drill press as a thickness sander
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
De-Glue Goo
NEW! Amazing new solvent dissolves waterbase glues! A labor-saving way to strip old dried hide glue.
Luthier's Friend Sanding Station
The versatile Luthier's Friend Sanding Station works with your shop drill press. It lets you thickness-sand small parts quickly and accurately.
Micro Chisels
Set of four model maker's chisels, for trimming nut and saddle slots or for removing dried glue around braces and frets.
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Behlen Ground Hide Glue
Traditional luthier's glue.
White Plastic Binding
65" long to reach around an entire guitar! Variety of dimensions.
Black Plastic Binding
65" long to reach around an entire guitar! Variety of dimensions.
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