MacRostie Binding Trimmer

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Quick, easy and precise custom bindings!
The easiest way to custom-size wood or plastic bindings for a perfect fit!

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MacRostie Binding Trimmer Binding Trimmer only

Binding Trimmer only

Item # 2400
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MacRostie Binding Trimmer Bit only

Bit only

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MacRostie Binding Trimmer, Complete with router and bit

MacRostie Binding Trimmer, Complete with router and bit

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MacRostie Binding Trimmer

Make any size bindings of wood or plastic. Here, Dan Erlewine replicates the bindings on a 1929 Gibson L-5.

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Quick, easy and precise custom bindings!
The easiest way to custom-size wood or plastic bindings for a perfect fit!

Precisely duplicate the dimensions of older bindings for repair and restoration work, too. The MacRostie Binding Trimmer's precision dimensioning gauge and custom adjustable fence give you accurate, repeatable results. Your bindings will fit better, with tedious scraping and sanding virtually eliminated after they're glued in place.

"It's an invaluable tool for custom binding work. There's nothing else like it."
—Ken Fallon, guitar repairman and backline tech for the Rolling Stones

Order the MacRostie Binding Trimmer complete with bit and 1-hp. Bosch Colt router, or use your own shop router.

"I use this for my custom bindings, and wouldn't want to be without it. On vintage repairs, it lets me resize a new binding so it drops into the old slot perfectly." —Bryan Galloup, Galloup Guitars

The Binding Trimmer was developed and refined by Stewart-MacDonald's Don MacRostie. Vertical and horizontal spring-tension hold-downs tame flexible binding materials for trimming to as thin as 1/16" as you pull them through the bit. The sturdy plywood router base is drilled to fit the Bosch Colt router (you can easily redrill for your own shop router if desired.) Complete photo-illustrated setup instructions are included.

The durable carbide-tipped bit has a long 1/4" -diameter shank and 1/2" cutting height. (Note: If you already have our ball-bearing router bit, it will also work.)

The Bosch Colt Router is a 120-volt AC electrical appliance with a U.S. standard Type A plug with two flat parallel prongs, ungrounded. For more specifications see the Bosch Colt Router.

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Homemade dust collector

Dan Erlewine's homemade dust collection system: Dan used to go outdoors to trim binding, because without dust collection the job got really messy. That’s all changed now: Dan's homemade dust collection system is a simple plastic storage bucket turned into a downdraft routing table!

Product Instructions

MacRostie Binding Trimmer Instructions

Assembly and operation instructions for the MacRostie Binding Trimmer.

Ratings & Reviews

MacRostie Binding Trimmer

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Excellent!!! BIG time saver!

By chris rochow from Youngstown, Ohio, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, September 14, 2012

OK, to admit that it was the price that put me off. But, I was also tired of spending so much time shaving down by hand these bindings ! Finally choked up the money and bought the complete set. It was the BEST money I ever spent! What took me once hours to do, now takes me LESS than ONE minute! Time = MONEY! Get one of these will NOT be sorry ! Precision made...flawless!

Another great one!

By James Bernard from Odessa,FL
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, April 14, 2012

Man I love this tool! Used it to redo the border around the fretboard of an ole Greco Neck; now a Greco that was rescued out of the dump and is now a six string CBG by yep you guessed it; Wheat Instruments from down here in the swamps of Odessa Fla.

Binding trimmer

By Joel Rosinsky from Essex Junction, VT
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I never write reviews, and I don't often buy jigs of any sort. They are usually too expensive (sorry stumac), and don't usually meet expectations.
But this jig does exactly what it was supposed to do, and does it well.
I've been building instruments for many years, and being able to size bindings so quickly, and accurately is a pleasure. I'm guessing I will find other uses for it as well.
The most impressive part of my initial use of it today, was throwing a micrometer on the first strip I made, and finding it was absolutely the same along its whole length.
Nicely done.

Fantastic tool!  A must have for the serious luthier!

By Roberts Luthiery from Illinois, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 07, 2011

What a great tool! I've used it now to re-size and re-thickness Boltaron, Nitrocellulose, and wood binding to the precise dimensions I need for my flat-top, archtop and resonator guitars as well as ukes and the occasional mandolin.

It's easy to use, yields great results, fast, and accurate. Watch the brief video; it's very helpful. Also, help rough cuts to no more than .010" depth of cut per pass. Finish cuts are best taken at .002-.003" depth of cut for a nearly tool mark free finish.

I over 30 years of instrument making, this is one of the best tools I've ever bought and I feel well worth the money. Great job Don!

Bob Mizek

MacRostie Binding Trimmer

By M Rosendahl from Sebastian, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 04, 2011

I am not impressed with this trimmer. It works, but you have to be extremely careful not to move the binding in the wrong direction. The hold down for the binding is not strong enough. I ruined a lot of binding before I figured out how to use it. I use both hands to hold it into the fence so it doesn't move towards the cutter.

The right tool for the job

By Jacob Hawkins from Columbus, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, August 04, 2010

This is a great tool to quickly and accurately take down binding to just the size you need. It's good for cleaning up laminated pieces of perfling. One question though: would a spiral cutting bit be useful to reduce chipping and tear out on figured wood binding?

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