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Binding Router Bit Set

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Binding Router Bit Set Standard set

Standard set

Item # 1298
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$100.21
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Binding Router Bit Set Complete set

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Item # 1297
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Binding Router Bit Set

About This Item

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.

Includes:
9 bearing sizes
Router bit
Allen wrench
Extension bushing
Instructions
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.

Includes:
19 bearing sizes
Router bit
Allen wrench
Extension bushing
Instructions
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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Instructions

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.

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4.0

bit is sharp, bearings accurate, produces clean cuts...

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The router bit is very sharp and accurate and exactly as described - it's a snap to switch bearings and to mill very clean and accurate seats for binding. However... There are a LOT of small parts, the bearings aren't labeled in any way, and everything comes in a small heat-sealed plastic bag. For the high price, even a simple plastic box to keep all the parts together would be appreciated - for this, you'll need to supply your own organizer. Otherwise, I'm completely satisfied.

4.0

router bit set

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The router bit was very good and sharp. I should have ordered the whole set of bearings as the nine I got did not fit all my bindings.

5.0

Works great for bindings.

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I had a set if these a couple of years ago and they were great for cutting channels for bindings and for flushing the edge of tops and backs with the sides. Pretty much foolproof.

5.0

Binding Router Bit Set

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I don't know why I didn't purchase this sooner. I have done this operation by hand and using a laminate trimmer with an adjusting roller. When I received the set, I immediately put it to use. Wow! What a time saver! This is my go toast for binding and purling for sure.

3.0

Limited width of cut

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The bearings and cutters are fine, just disappointed that the widest cut available is only .210. Standard wood binding is .080 wide and herringbone purling is .140 wide, requiring a .220 wide channel (and that makes no allowance for possible swelling of binding/purfling when moistened by glue). Am I missing something here?

4.0

Yeah it's expensive but...

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This really is a five star review, to be honest. The cutter is super clean, and I'm really glad I went for the full set - every considerable binding thickness and size is catered for. But, it is expensive.

2.0

The price does not seem to match the quality

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I have used this product on three guitars so far and I have a few criticisms. I did not find that the bearings matched exactly with the measurements on the included chart which makes selecting the right bearing difficult. After the first few passes the corner on the cutting bit had already worn down which now means the channels lack a sharp 90degree cut. Generally I have found the bit to dull quickly. The bearings do not spin easily enough to stop some denting and damage as it runs along the side. On the third time using one of the bearings it ceased completely badly damaging the side. I may have been unlucky with the quality of my particular kit but I have not found this product to be value for money.

5.0

Worth the money

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As I couldn't find a similar product here in the Netherlands I decided to splash out and order this set from StewMac. It arrived only two weeks after ordering so not bad.
A whopping 30 euros were added at delivery for taxes and handling at customs, but as StewMac mention this on their site this came as no surprise.
I did a few test runs yesterday and things look promising (if you're an amateur like me I would certainly recommend doing a few test runs first!).
One thing to keep in mind when ordering from outside the USA: I had to make a shank adapter to be able to use my router, which accepts (European) 6 and 8 mm router bits. A bit of metal tube did the trick in 5 minutes though (see picture; also testing the plastic binding and glue here).
In the meantime I’ve finished the job and things went fine. Took less than a minute to do the top and no tear out at all.

5.0

Router Binding and Bearing kit: The perfect tool!

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I received my package of the bearing kit about an hour ago. For years I have cut the binding ledge by hand and sweated it out. I finally decided to use a router and after some research bought this kit. After setting it up and making some test cuts I did my first instrument. In less than ten minutes I did top and back. They came out so well I just stood and admired the job for a good long while. The cuts were satin smooth and there was absolutely no tear out. In fact there is nothing to sand. The binding is ready to go. I am not in need of saving time but I am trying to make instruments as good as they can be. This is the perfect tool. Thanks S-Mc for this.

5.0

Great product - but practice first!

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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!

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