Trade Secrets!

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!

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