TrueChannel Binding Router Jig

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig

About This Item

Cut perfectly squared binding ledges on any instrument—including archtops.

The TrueChannel jig turns your laminate router into a floating cutter. As you move the body of the instrument into the cutter, your router glides vertically to follow the body's top edge. Bindings fit correctly, so you won't have to scrape them too thin.

The problem: The arch of the guitar top, and especially the back, will change the router alignment. Without the TrueChannel, a standard router base will tilt, causing the routed channel to be too deep or too shallow; the bindings won't fit right. TrueChannel keeps the router vertical for a square ledge. Bindings fit correctly.

  • Rock-steady aluminum router support post with carriage
  • Sliding support brackets (4), adjustable for body shapes and heights
  • Instructions

Make your own body cradle: This set does not include a plywood Body Cradle, so you can build your own custom shape.

The jig carriage fits the popular Bosch Colt Router. An inexpensive Router Mounting Template lets you use other common laminate trimmers, too.

Our thanks to luthier Tom Ribbecke, who inspired this jig.


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"Which binding tools should I choose?"

Erick Coleman answers a frequent question from customers: Which tools to use for routing channels for instrument bindings?


Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

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

Product Instructions

TrueChannel Routing Jig

Assembly instructions for our TrueChannel Routing Jig.

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best binding channel jig i've seen.

(Customer's Reviews)

makes perfect channels every time, just make sure you take your time setting it up.


Vibrations, etc.

(Customer's Reviews)

Works great now! Tightening knob loosened (despite tightening) with vibrations during use, causing depth of cut to shift. Easily corrected with 11 cent lock washer (not included).


TrueChannel Jig

(Customer's Reviews)

Took some time to set up, but after that the binding channels for my 335 project were cut in a couple of minutes. The result was simply perfect. The support post is rock solid, I bolted it down with two M8 bolts as the original bolts were too short for my needs. I also needed to modify the taller body support blocks to be the same height as the lower ones to get the body leveled in the cradle. Maybe there could be an option for a set of support blocks with the same height?

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