Binding Router Bit Set

  • 30 Reviews
  • Write a review

Rout clean, precise ledges for practically any binding combinations.

Read more
Binding Router Bit Set Standard set

Standard set

Item # 1298
In stock, ready to ship!


Binding Router Bit Set Complete set

Complete set

Item # 1297
In stock, ready to ship!


Total: $0.00
Quantity: 20


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.

Trade Secrets! Newsletter

"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

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

  • Based on 30 Reviews
Displaying 3 of 3 1 2 3
Write a review

Binding bearing and bit set

By Bill Duncan from Lenoir, NC 28645
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, January 23, 2012

Good quality, plus all the right bearings are there without searching.

Great tool

By Chester V from Pointe Claire,  Quebec, Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 18, 2011

Works as advertised but expensive

Spendy but worth it

By MN_Jeff from Appleton, Wi
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, July 16, 2011

These work exactly as advertised.

delivery and product

By ezersantos from england
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 10, 2011

wow, this cutter is really good, but the delivery is amazing, 1 and 1/2 days and i got it in england!!! a bit costy but great quality!!

Router bearing set

By W guitars from Ft.lauderdale
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 01, 2011

The diameter of the cutter could be a little bigger for cutting larger perflings

Great Productivity Product

By CloverLick Banjos from Burlington, WI  53105
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I used these bits in my stationary router table and they worked great. Clean cuts, accurate, and they accepted the bindings perfectly.

Binding Router bit set

By Phil Bates from San Antonio, FL
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 13, 2011

This set worked great for me on my first two guitars. I had problem however keeping up with the bearing sizes and dropping the bearings every time I took them out to use. I made myself a carrying case out of an old plastic tool case with some scrap wood and 1/4 inch dowel rod. I use a rubber band to hold them in place when stored. See attached photo.

Amazing Product

By Bret from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, September 16, 2010

This is an amazing product. This set left zero tear-out on maple endgrain.

Binding Router bit better than hand knives.

By Dave from Jamestown, ND
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 01, 2010

This router binding bit set is just what I needed. Worked well with my table mounted router. I made a guitar many years ago using hand knives and had put off finishing this one for a number of years because of the dificulty in cutting for the bindings. This router bit was the perfect solution, and the price was right. I'm 66 and didn't have to pull out any more hair using this bit. Thanks!

Binding Router Bit Set

By Gary Clardy from Burns, TN
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 26, 2010

The binding router bit set from Stewmac is fantastic. As a matter of fact, I have two sets with an extra bit, giving me three set-ups on three different laminate trimmers. I have one set-up for standard bindings and two others for standard purfings I use. After use of these bits on 25 or so guitars, they remain sharp and the bearings run freely, preventing burns on the guitar sides. I get a true binding channel with an excellent fit which prevents the extra work and time of massive drop-fills. Stemac has helped me to outfit my shop with the appropriate tools to make my guitars more professional, cutting down on time of construction, thus adding $$$$ to my bottom line.

Displaying 3 of 3
1 2 3

Shown on page 33 of our latest catalog.