Binding Router Guide

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Great for archtop instruments! Works where a standard router base can't. Fits Dremel and Black & Decker rotary tools. Router Bit sold separately.

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Binding Router Guide

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Great for archtop instruments! Works where a standard router base can't. Fits Dremel and Black & Decker rotary tools. Router Bit sold separately.

This versatile attachment was designed by our own Don MacRostie for use with our Binding Router Bit. It screws onto the Dremel tool, and its thumbscrew-adjustable edge guide lets you cut an accurate ledge for any binding thickness up to .220".

Made of precision-machined aluminum and brass, it's great for routing the edges of archtop instruments, where a standard router base won't work. It installs easily on Dremel MultiPro™ or Professional rotary tools (and Black & Decker Wizard™/RTX™ tools), replacing the threaded plastic collar on the tool housing (fits 12 threads per inch).

Designed to be used with 5/16" diameter carbide-tipped Binding Router Bit.

Piloted Binding Router Bits also available.


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Pretty Good, but steep learning curve.

By DMI Handcrafted Guitars from Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 09, 2012


Bought this binding guide and tried it on my new build. Overall, it worked well, but I'm very glad i cut at .5mm increments. It is a bit hard to hold steady, especially through the cutout on my new OM. I think with practise, it will prove a handy tool. But, I'm going to get a toolmaker I know to fabricate a better guide system to the sides. It wobbles very easily, and can put gouges just where you don't want them--ask me how I know....I think that the modifications I have in mind will make it a very handy tool....

Binding router guide

By Doug Raineault from Middletown, CT
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, August 11, 2012


When I recently completed the body for a 00-18 accoustic, I decided to treat myself to the binding router guide, rather then use the laminate router, I generall use. It was easy to set up and did and continues to do a great job. I have read a few reviews where people have had issues with run out. My recommendation is take a light first pass and follow up with one or two additional cuts. Slow and easy and the results will be very good.

Good for the price

By Jorge from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 16, 2012


As others have mentioned, it is not the most stable router base, as it is small, but that's what it's suppposed to be - as advertised, for archtop instruments. I haven't used it on a guitar yet, but testing on a piece of scrap I think that this can work, although it will need lots of care. I'm sure there's better solutions, but for the price, I would give it a try.

Great tool, refinement needed, tough.

By Marcio Costa from Brasil
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 25, 2012


It is a great tool, except for the fact the height of the roller is not adustable. Being so, I always have to improvise some sort of template or jig to employ it. I think the pictures in the site are a bit misleading, as this product is not ideal for long routes. There are better/more stable tools for routing extensive lenghts. This tool (IMO) is better suited to headstocks, cutaways and small hard to reach areas.

Tricky to use

By Brisco from North Carolina
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, March 13, 2012


As others have noted, keeping the roller flat against the side of the guitar is tricky at best. VERY easy for the Dremel tool to rock. The brass roller is just too small. I made a new screw and roller with the roller about 3/4" long and left an extended screw head to provide a grip with my other hand. Now and can easily see when the roller is in full contact with the side and I can guide the tool with two hands. It's still a bit frustrating to set the cutter bit depth (length?), having to remove the tool, loosen the collet, move the bit, lock it down and check it again. I'm thinking of making some thin plastic shims to put between the tool and the Dremel.

It ultimately did the job, but sure am glad I am working on a cheap guitar for my first effort.

Not sure why others are having problems...

By M Dixon from Reading, MA
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, February 19, 2012


This tool works precisely the way it's advertised, provided you also buy the recommended carbide bit. I am a non-pro who makes relatively few instruments, and this tool does exactly what I expected it to do. You do need to continually monitor the roller to make sure it's got good contact, but ANY handheld tool requires similar care.

Has created problems.

By Armen Movsesian from Moscow, Russia
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 06, 2011


I am not happy with this tool.
1. This tool very much not convenient, it is difficult to expose the necessary parameters.
2. The worst in it that the six-sided screw (which regulates depth of bit) is made of a soft alloy of metal. The screw has quickly failed. I had to cut a six-sided screw under a screw-driver somehow to use this router in my work.
3. Now I am compelled to search for stronger screw for replacement of an old screw.
4. I consider that the tool demands completion.
5. I put two stars only because by means of a router I could make something in my project.
It is better to get expensive, but the qualitative professional router.

It works, but be careful

By mesaman11 from Delta, CO
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 20, 2011


I bought this tool to rout an archtop for binding. Be forewarned - this tool will do the job but you must be VERY CAREFUL. Go very slowly and monitor the guide bearing continuously. It must be absolutely parellel to the side of the guitar or you will have a rout of varying depth and width. Even then, some variation will occur, but it is manageable.

My experience: for archtop guitars the TrueChannel binding jig would probably be much better. This Binding Router Guide works best on flat top guitars.

Needed a jig

By Mack Guitarworks from Hungary/Europe
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Well, as other rewiewer said, this tool isn't the best tool for professional binding work. The tool alone makes very uneven surface, maybe you should take 2-3 passes for the recommended binding depth. The result is so-so.

I got the idea to fix the problem with a dremel stand. I bought it very cheap at the local toolshop for about 30 bucks. It holds the dremel very good, it will not move during work sideways. I take out the spring of the drill stand, so the dremel will move permanently down, followin the surface because of his weight. With this idea i got a very even and professional result. The channel is percectly straight and the surface is even. Only 3 stars, because the tool alone doesn't work for me.

Binding jig

By redir from Blacksburg, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, August 25, 2011


The small contact patch of this jig is the whole point of having it in the first place. It allows you to get into tight spaces. I like the tool but it always slips my height adjustment for some reason the depth of cut gets greater as I cut. You have to take very very small cuts as you approach your final depth.

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