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Binding Router Guide

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Binding Router Guide

Binding Router Guide

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Binding Router Guide

About This Item

Great for archtop instruments! Works where a standard router base can't. Fits Dremel and Black & Decker rotary tools. Router bit sold separately.

This versatile attachment was designed by our own Don MacRostie, it screws onto the Dremel tool, and its thumbscrew-adjustable edge guide lets you cut an accurate ledge for any binding thickness up to .220".

Made of precision-machined aluminum and brass, it's great for routing the edges of archtop instruments, where a standard router base won't work. It installs easily on Dremel MultiPro™ or Professional rotary tools (and Black & Decker Wizard™/RTX™ tools), replacing the threaded plastic collar on the tool housing (fits 12 threads per inch).

Designed to be used with 5/16" diameter carbide-tipped Binding Router Bit.


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4.0

Great concept, easy to use, I'd love to see one small change

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This is a really handy routing guide for the shop, and one I will use a lot. The only issue I see is that in order to cut a channel, say 6mm wide, the bit shank is unsupported by the chuck for about 10mm. This means the cutter head can flex while cutting. I found the channel ledge needed quite a bit of clean up. If the body of the unit was slightly shorter, or better still, adjustable, it would be perfect. Still a very good tool for those who like to control machine cuts by feel.

4.0

Doing binding one guitar at a time

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Verified Buyer


With a steady hand, the single binding pass went beautifully. Adjustment was relatively simple. The compound binding plus herringbone was a different story. The tool wasn't adjustable enough, and the bearing surface just barely registered with the un-routed guitar surface. Came out almost as good as the single pass binding job eventually though. It did require more scraping, and some slight amount of epoxy fill, possibly because of un-steady hands. I am well satisfied with the tool. and each guitar I make will have been done with it.

1.0

Not sure I'd take the risk.

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Verified Buyer


Bought this tool for a specific job. I have built a neck that has a radiused slotted FB. There are a couple of small chips on the finger board edge that occurred while planing the board edge down to the taper. I was hoping to rout channels for binding both fingerboard and headstock with this tool. I might get away with the neck but no way on the head stock. The lack of a decent length on the edge guide roller allows it to wander all over the place and definitely a weakness in the design as others have mentioned. Less than 5mm to hold onto and keep things in a straight line straight is just not enough. It is extremely unlikely that I will risk making an even bigger mess with this tool.

I took the edge guide roller off to see if modifications could be made and found it to be held with the skinniest of screws =or<1/16". It is obvious that a longer edge guide would allow more force to applied to the tiny thread making it susceptible to breakage.

I realise the idea here is for it get into tight corners. But if the height adjusting post was of thicker brass or stainless steel and the screw was of a larger diameter it would make a longer edge guide possible. A knurled edge guide end would make it easier to hold. With a larger edge guide bolt in place a thin walled stainless sleeve could take the place of the thicker brass roller, making the outside diameter of the roller pretty much the same as the current set up.

Response from StewMac


Hi Ray,
Thank you for sharing your honest feedback with us.
We're sorry our Binding Router Guide didn't work for you as you expected. If you are not satisfied you may return it for a refund or exchange. Please call us at 1-800-848-2273. In the meantime, I've placed your suggestion with our product development team -- customer comments like yours have been the catalyst to many changes to our products. We look forward to helping you with this.

4.0

Very useful for tight places, but not long outside curves

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Verified Buyer


I'm working on a violin shaped guitar, and this tool is indispensable for the inside curves of the side cuts and hand access cut where a router would be cramped.
However for the outside body curves it's too lightweight, the Dremel tool motor and router bit are hard to manage, bites easy and bogs down. I have to first set the tool for a shallow cut and slowly work deeper in stages, can't do it in lest than 3 depth stage.
Definitely use a router table jig or a Bosch Colt for your outside cuts.

3.0

Nice tool, but could be a lot better

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Verified Buyer


as other have said it would be better if the edge guide was longer. also it would be a lot better if the depth guide had some scale in mm this is supposed to be a precision tool right. As it is, it is difficult to control as you will have to do several passes to get to the right depth without any tears. I think I should be able to use it with some practice. But I can see I will be wasting lots of time practicing.
I would be interested in a longer edge guide if available.

5.0

Fun tool to use!

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Verified Buyer


Had a good time with this. Felt more like a handtool than a power tool which I liked. Take small cuts like you would with a chisel or carving tool. I added 3m Teflon tape to the aluminum surfaces that came in contact with my project. Like many other reviews it would be great to have an extension on the end for better control/alignment. I could see some sort of surface guide to give a little more stability too. Overall - very happy with the tool and will get used a bunch at hijinx guitars.

4.0

Needs tweaking

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Verified Buyer


I think this attachment tool could be improved if the screw that holds the edge guide roller was longer so that it could hold two rollers that would make contact with the guitar sides. This would allow for a more accurate cut of the binding channel. Using two rollers would reduce the tendency for the tool angle to the body to vary.

3.0

Almost ...

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Verified Buyer


This would be a far better tool if the edge guide were twice as long. Then it would be much more stable and easier to control. How about it, StewMac? Can we get a longer screw + bushing as an upgrade? (Hopefully free.)

5.0

Binding router guide.

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Verified Buyer


This guide does an excellent job in cutting rabbits for bindings.

4.0

Great tool, but . . .

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Verified Buyer


Works well with some practise. Two problems: Guide bearing not nearly long enough as noted by other reviewers. A better cutter is the Dremel #115 which is not sold by Stewmac. Also, this needs at least 30,000 and considerable power to use effectively. I used with a Dremel 4000.

I will use this more on future rebuilds.

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