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Binding Laminator

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Binding Laminator

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Binding Laminator

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For custom laminations. Handy jig for laminating custom plastic bindings and matching existing bindings for replacement work.

Simply clamp the Binding Laminator in your vise, brush acetone between the binding strips, and pull them through the self-adjusting jig to instantly laminate the plastic. The jig holds all the pieces in place. It's an easy way to add extra beauty to your instruments.

Automatically adjust to any binding thickness!
Made of durable non-stick material, the Binding Laminator aligns and presses plastic binding strips together for an instant bond. Internal spring pressure holds any combination of binding thicknesses.

Instructions and two glue brushes are included.


Instructions

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

Overview of binding, purfling, and other instrument trim, including binding recommendations and installation techniques.

Product Instructions

Binding Laminator Instructions

The Binding Laminator presses multiple pieces of binding material together, so that acetone can bond them.

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4.0

Great idea, but needs a stronger spring

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I had never made multi-ply binding myself before and since this was my first time I decided to give the binding laminator a go. It's a great concept, but there is not enough force put on the binding from the spring to allow the acetone to bind the plastic. I actually solved this problem by modifying the laminator and making a jig with a spare tremolo spring and it worked wonders, I was able to make 9 ply binding with much more ease than I ever could have by hand.

4.0

Quick and easy to laminate bindings.

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I've never laminated bindings before having only used wooden bindings in the past so all this is new to me.
I started by making a slot in a piece of 100mm X 50mm timber to the same depth as the bindings entering/leaving the binding laminator and drilled a 4mm hole into the end of the laminator to fix it securely with a screw into the slot i'd formed.
I then clamped the whole assembly into the vice after fitting a tube either side of the laminator to guide the bindings.
I found applying the correct amount of acetone challenging at first but soon got the hang of it.
Like I said I'm no expert in laminating bindings but I don't know how I'd have done it without the laminator.
I gave it 4 stars because I found the screws kept coming lose and needed tightening, do them too tight and dambs.

5.0

great price, easy to use

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I was making compound bindings in a matter of minutes! (FYI acetone alone will tightly bind plastic bindings, no glue needed.)

4.0

Great Stewmac tool

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This is an awesome tool but it could be so much better if the spring tension were inceased or made to be adjustable. My workaround was to either use my hands to apply more pressure or to sinch it down with the set screws. Other than the spring tension it is a great Stewmac design, and I could have never completed my latest custom 4-ply Gretsch restoration without this tool!

4.0

Nice Jig but.....

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The Internal Spring should be a LOT stronger, barely provides enough pressure for a good bond. I ended up having to manually adjust the gap and then tighten the set screws vs. relying on the spring tension

5.0

makes laminating easy

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very nice tool

5.0

Simple but effective

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Works well on celluloid but a smaller brush is better for controlling acetone.

2.0

It's okay. I probably need more practice

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I used this to make a black, white, tortoise, binding for a mandolin. The plies wouldn't stay together when I tried to bend with heated water( they puckered up in the bends). Probably my fault but after thinking about it I should have glued each layer separately. You can do a good job on multiple binding without spending alot and this tool isn't something I'll use enough to warrant the purchase.

5.0

The Binding Laminator is a Great Tool!

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I recently purchased the Stewart-MacDonald binding laminator to make some sound hole purflngs that had up to 7 laminations. After some practice. the work went very nicely. It also helps to have some type of applicator in addition to the brushes that come with the tool to apply acetone to the bindings as they slide through the slot in the binding laminator. All in all it's a very worthwhile investment!

5.0

Works Great, modified the jig.

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There are two things that the Stew Mac set up that I changed to make it work a little better. First the out feed side of the jig had a PVC pipe to feed the binding into. This prevented easy access to the binding to pull it through laminator so I replaced this with a set of dowels that guide the binding but leave more room for grabbing the bindings than the PVC pipe did. Secondly I added two pins to the infeed side of the jig to keep the layers of binding separated so that it is easier to apply the acetone to glue the binding together.

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