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A kitchen cutting board makes a great binding jig!

Issue 195 July 18, 2013

Trade Secrets Video
LOTS of tips in this issue! Dan Erlewine modifies a plastic cutting board from Walmart to solve a guitar binding problem. He needs four matching pieces of black-white-black binding, and he has a clever trick for doing this...
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  • checkmarkThis idea came from mandolin maker Don MacRostie
  • checkmarkHot Tip! Heat-forming the tight curves before any gluing
  • checkmarkHot Tip! Make-it-yourself tool for perfect miter joints
  • checkmarkCleaning the binding with sandpaper and scrapers
Problem-solving products for this kind of work:
Cream Plastic Binding
65" long to reach around an entire guitar! This is the right cream color for Gibson® guitars.
StewMac Ultimate Scraper
The best tool for smoothing and shaping archtops, and a great all-around scraper.
6" Steel Rule
Handy rule with precise graduations on satin chrome with both metric and fractional scales.
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Guitar Brace Chisel
Shaped to fit the curves needed for scalloped braces and tone bars with feathered ends.
Ibex Replacement Blades
Convex and flat replacement blades for precision Sloane planes.
Binding Laminator
This handy jig holds our plastic bindings together for instant, easy lamination work.
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