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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.


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How Maegen Wells installs pickguard binding

StewMac visits guitar maker Maegen Wells of Forestville, California. Maegen’s specialty is building archtop acoustic guitars. Using a 1940s Gibson as an example, she shows how to create a beautifully bound tortoiseshell pickguard with black/white/black purflings.

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How to Install Bindings

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

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Binding Laminator Instructions

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

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5.0

The Binding Laminator is a Great Tool!

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Verified Buyer


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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Verified Buyer


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.

5.0

Binding laminator

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Verified Buyer


Works just like it says on the tin. This little gizmo is a must for quick and clean laminating of ABS binding strips. Make sure the tool is firmly mounted to your bench and that the strips to be joined are pushed down as they pass through the the spring-loaded 'jaws'. A cheap pack of kiddie nylon paint brushes from the local $2 store worked better than the supplied glue brush for applying the acetone to small bindings. I made a pencil mark on the binding to indicate how far I had painted on the acetone - usually 3 or 4 inches at a time. Don't pull the binding through too fast and you will end up with a very satisfactory result.

5.0

Wow!

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Verified Buyer


I purchased and used the Binding Laminator for the first time creating six ply of .020 white/black Les Paul Custom binding plus thicker outer binding. I was a bit freaked out that I would just make a mess, but it was easy to get the hang of and made a tough job simple. You do need to get enough acetone on the binding to make sure it bonds well enough. Fingers crossed that the binding doesn't come apart when I am bending it around the guitar!

4.0

It is necessary. But...

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Verified Buyer


I used for the first time a laminator. And for the first time did 7-layer bindings. I have read a management and have started to glue. The first experience was bad as the brush very wide and absorbs acetone in a considerable quantity. The bindings first time have torn and deformed. I was upset very much and have bought new bindings. It was the superfluous expense of a material.

The following time I have bought a thin brush in shop. Thin bindings (.020" x. 075 ") are difficult for supervising at pasting. It is necessary to suffer! I recommend to buy at once new thin brushes, to supervise quantity of acetone and not to hasten! Otherwise you should spend your dollars for new bindings!

4.0

Could be a bit better

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Verified Buyer


I got this to laminate the bindings around my Gibson LP headstock which involves small strips. I did like the result with wide bindings but the tiny ones were a nightmare to control. I ended up joining most of them with my fingers. Instead of supplying two rather large brushes one could have been smaller for narrow bindings as it applies too much of acetone distorting them. Also, I believe that variable spring tension would be a good idea.

5.0

trust me you need one

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Verified Buyer


makes life so easy when laminating binding,will never go without again

4.0

simple, quick might be better if...

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Verified Buyer


The first batch of binding I put through this device mostly ended up in the round file. Not because of the tool but because I'd never done this before and the plastic was melting, deforming and just getting plain messy.

I found that using a Q-tip instead of an acid brush allowed me to control the amount and placement (kept it off the sides) of acetone much better. The most significant improvement in how my binding turned out was from clamping the glued binding so it hung vertically, then attaching a heavier clamp (free hanging) on the bottom end while the curing took place.


The device works fine but I wonder if it wouldn't work better with the spring tension in the vertical vs horizontal. Then the jig could have an adjustable opening to line up the binding pieces with each other. Plus, the acetone would tend to remain where it is intended (wouldn't run).

5.0

Slick easy to use jig

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Verified Buyer


Normally I use mostly wood binding but for Mandolins the ivoroid plastic stuff is kind of expected. I buy the binding bulk, some pre-laminated, but some is not quite what I want so I need to put it together. This can be done by hand in a vise with wood jaws but it is messy.


The jig from StewMac is only about twenty bucks so it was worth a try an it works slicker than goose ...ahem... on linoleum.


The only thing I did that was different was make it so it could be just bolted down to my bench top. I drilled and tapped another hole near the back end to take a 1/4-20 bolt and that attaches through a hole in the bench I use for many jigs I have. This allows you to lay out the long strips of binding on the bench and they feed through without twisting or hanging on the jig. They suggest this doodad with pieces of pipe to clamp in the vise but that seems like a lot of bother to me.


Anyway, if you do any laminating of plastic binding this is a good cheap tool.

5.0

Chris Pedersen, Oz

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Verified Buyer


I first thought...I can make one, but after much frustration I bought one. Now I wonder why it took so long. Takes me from novice to near perfect

Thanks great tool...again

Tzen

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StewMac PDF Catalog, page 34 See Binding Laminator
on page 34 of our StewMac Digital Catalog