Binding Router Bit Set

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Rout clean, precise ledges for practically any binding combinations.

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Binding Router Bit Set Standard set

Standard set

Item # 1298
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Binding Router Bit Set Complete set

Complete set

Item # 1297
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Rout clean, precise ledges for practically any binding combinations.

Our clean-cutting carbide-tipped cutter has a 1/4" shank to fit your router, an Allen screw with wrench for installing a depth-of-cut bearing, and a special extension bushing for "stairstep" ledges.

Money-saving sets add depth-of-cut bearings sized specifically for binding routing jobs, and for flush-trimming guitar tops and backs. Instructions included. Router bit and bearings are also available separately.

Tip: All our bearings are now sized for exact cutting depth. Remember to allow for swelling of wood fibers from gluing, as well as for the thickness of the glue itself. Glued plastic binding will swell considerably as it absorbs the glue solvents. Wood bindings glued with wood glues that contain water will swell also. To minimize final scraping and sanding, we recommend installing a short length of binding on routed scrap wood first, to test the fit.

#1298 Standard Binding Router Bit Set
Bearings in the Standard set are for common binding thicknesses (listed below), and match our bindings, including Herringbone purfling. Flush bearing is for trimming glued bindings, and newly assembled guitar tops and backs.

9 bearing sizes
Router bit
Allen wrench
Extension bushing
Bearing diameter    Size of ledge cut   
.925" (23.50mm) Flush
.840" (21.34mm) .040" (1.02mm)
.800" (20.32mm) .060" (1.52mm)
.780" (19.81mm) .070" (1.78mm)
.740" (18.80mm) .090" (2.29mm)
.720" (18.29mm) .100" (2.54mm)
.680" (17.27mm) .120" (3.05mm)
.620" (15.75mm) .150" (3.81mm)
.520" (13.21mm) .200" (5.08mm)

#1297 Complete Binding Router Bit Set
This is the most affordable binding router set offered to luthiers. You'll save money AND be ready for practically any binding job.

19 bearing sizes
Router bit
Allen wrench
Extension bushing
Bearing diameter    Size of ledge cut   
.925" (23.50mm) Flush
.840" (21.34mm) .040" (1.02mm)
.820" (20.83mm) .050" (1.27mm)
.800" (20.32mm) .060" (1.52mm)
.780" (19.81mm) .070" (1.78mm)
.760" (19.30mm) .080" (2.03mm)
.740" (18.80mm) .090" (2.29mm)
.720" (18.29mm) .100" (2.54mm)
.700" (17.78mm) .110" (2.79mm)
.680" (17.27mm) .120" (3.05mm)
.660" (16.76mm) .130" (3.30mm)
.640" (16.26mm) .140" (3.56mm)
.620" (15.75mm) .150" (3.81mm)
.600" (15.24mm) .160" (4.06mm)
.580" (14.73mm) .170" (4.32mm)
.560" (14.22mm) .180" (4.57mm)
.540" (13.72mm) .190" (4.83mm)
.520" (13.21mm) .200" (5.08mm)
.500" (12.70mm) .210" (5.33mm)

Router bit dimensions
6-degree cutting edge downshear prevents grabbing on climb cuts, for cleaner results.
Cutter diameter.925" (23.50mm)
Cutting height without bearing.375" (9.52mm)
Arbor shank diameter.25" (6.35mm)

Router bit and bearings are also available separately.

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Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

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

Product Instructions

Using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings

Tips for routing binding ledges using the Binding Router Bit and Bearings, including how to choose the correct bearing, hand routing and using router tables.

Ratings & Reviews

Binding Router Bit Set

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Great product - but practice first!

By JohnL from UK
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm relatively new to acoustic building and had read so many books and articles about how to cut binding channels, my head was spinning!

Some seem to prefer mounting the router from below a table and feeding the guitar up to the bit with shims for the back curve while others seem to recommend a wedge attached to the router plate. All very confusing and most options sounded less than ideal - so I came up with my own solution.

I made a new router plate from an off-cut of rosewood and epoxied a decorative surround from a Yale type lock around the hole. This provide a smooth ridge of just the right height that allows you to hold the router perpendicular to the guitar - regardless of the slope of the back.

This, used in conjunction with the StewMac router bit and bearings has given me brilliant and consistent results with only the most minor of touch-up sanding need after.

But I do recommend practicing on scrap first. Routing is a 'get it right first time' job!

best set for binding.

By guitarnoob from Seattle, WA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, September 29, 2014

before i came across these i would look for different size bearings for a 1/2" flush trim router bit, but it wasn't ever perfect. these are great.

A Few Problems

By Ed S from Simsbury, Ct
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 06, 2014

Bought the basic set and found it didn't have the bearing needed for the .080 standard wood binding they sell. Also, first pass around the guitar left an oil stain from the bearing. I would run this on a bunch of scrap first.


By zudaka from Argentina
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Excelente +++++, ahorra mucho tiempo

Bit/Bearing Set

By John Morgan from Beacon NY
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Good set, but be aware that purfling ledges can only be cut to a maximum .210".

Great Set!

By Mike Tonn from Orient Ohio
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 22, 2013

I used the complete bit set on my first kit build which is an HD-28. The instructions are so well laid out that finding the right bearing is super easy. Glad I bought this for sure.

bit and bearing kit

By luciano1 from Caracas, Venezuela
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 30, 2013

Very useful and precise, superb cutting. I am using a manual cutter but now am learning the router cutting. A Bosch router and the Stewmac bit kit is an ideal solution.

Binding Bearing set

By Ronald Borrink from Sparta MI
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Very nice set...worked perfectly!

Binding Cutters

By fullwedge from Cornwall on Hudson, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 25, 2013

Took a while to figure out and set up properly, but once correct size bearings were chosen and the laminate trimmer properly setup, everything worked like a charm.

Time-saving gem

By Paul Hayes from U.K.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, December 06, 2012

We're now using this product in our production workshop and it is worth its weight in gold! We use it in a conventional router table and it is really quick and easy to cut accurate housings for binding the edges of our ukeleles.

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