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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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.

    Includes
  • Rock-steady aluminum router support post with carriage
  • Sliding support brackets (4), adjustable for body shapes and heights
  • Shaped plywood guitar body cradle
  • Binding Router Bit Set with 9 bearing sizes
  • Instructions

SAVE when you buy this TrueChannel set that includes our #1298 Binding Router Bit Set. Designed especially for luthiers, the set features a super-sharp carbide-tipped bit with 1/4" arbor, and custom bearings for cutting the most common binding widths.

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.


Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

"Which binding tools should I choose?"

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

Instructions

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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4.0

Needed some alterations!

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This is a great gizmo. Don't get me wrong! But I needed it to route the binding on a new top for Gibson Mandocello, which has quite an arch to the top. So I took a trip to the hardware store and got a couple of big teflon washers to add to the router base and a longer screw to hold them on. After that it worked like a charm. The instructions for putting it together lacked a bit of detail, but I finally figured out how to do it.

5.0

Great Tool!

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Recently purchased this. Works flawlessly. Binding on a 59 Les Paul build. Toatally worth the $.

5.0

loves it

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Loves me some TrueChannel. I've tried a lot of different ways to rout binding channels, but this is it for me. We had several setup at the school I used to teach at for different guitars/procedures - steel string binding and purfling, classical, etc. Made it really easy to get through classes full of guitars.

4.0

Truechannel Binding Router Jig

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An expensive tool but worth the investment. Worked well after a few practice runs on scrap timber.

5.0

True channel routing jig

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I'm doing my first guitar kit, and was very nervous about routing these channels. This jig saved me. I'm using a Ryobi cordless trimmer, which works great with the StewMac cutter & bearings. Just do a few practice runs to get the hang of it!

5.0

Perfect for archtops

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This jig woks perfectly for cutting the binding channels for archtops. I had major problems with cutting these before I got this jig. Now this part of the process is pretty much a piece of cake.

5.0

Better than I anticipated

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I wanted a perfect result and that is what I got. It was simple enough to assemble the Jig and very easy to use succesfully.

5.0

perfect binding job must have

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having struggled with getting perfect clean binding rabbets has been a big frustration on my archtops. This solved my problem nicely. Nothing like good quality tools to improve the building experience.

4.0

TruChannelJig

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Awesome, works very well with masonite as a bottom board. I have only just used it only to trim the overlap with a flush trimmer. Such a pleasure not to have to worry about the arches on the front and back throwing off the tool, no unwanted cutting. Did well with old tool on padouk. It is an excellent tool and a worthwhile investment. Rarely am I this impressed on first use. It would be 5 stars at more reasonable price.

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TrueChannel Jig Product Support

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I had previously purchased the TC Jig and put it into service. Although "working", there was more play between the rollers and post than desirable. I discussed the problem with a Stu-Mac tech. He promptly sent me a new complete post, roller, and router carriage that operates freely without the play. This level of product support is commendable.

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