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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig


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Cut perfectly squared binding ledges on any instrument—including archtops. Our TrueChannel jig turns your laminate router into a floating cutter.

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  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
5993 Complete TrueChannel Binding Router Jig
  • Router carriage
  • Support post
  • Support blocks, set of 4
  • Plywood cradle

1-3 days
$251.85

5994 Complete TrueChannel Binding Router Jig plus Binding Bits
  • Router carriage
  • Support post
  • Body support blocks, set of 4
  • Plywood cradle
  • #1298 Binding Router Bit Set

1-3 days
$319.25

5991 TrueChannel Jig (no plywood cradle)
  • Router carriage
  • Support post
  • Body support blocks, set of 4

1-3 days
$232.30

5992 TrueChannel Jig (no plywood cradle) with #1298 router bit set
  • Router carriage
  • Support post
  • Body support blocks, set of 4
  • #1298 Binding Router Bit Set

1-3 days
$299.95

5650 Router mounting template Yes
$6.95

5990 Router carriage only Yes
$94.30

5656 Body support blocks, set of 4 No
$65.92
Discontinued
5657 Guitar plywood cradle Yes
$18.85

5647 NEW! Mandolin plywood cradle Yes
$16.10


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A standard router base tilts on an archtop instrument; the bindings won't fit right. The TrueChannel 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—you won't have to scrape them too thin.

Improved! Close-tolerance V-groove ball-bearing rollers and a beefier support post make the TrueChannel the smoothest, steadiest, most accurate binding routing jig available.

SAVE when you buy the router bit set with your TrueChannel jig!

The Complete TrueChannel jig includes
  • Rock-steady aluminum router support post with carriage
  • 4 body support blocks that adjust for body shapes and heights
  • A shaped plywood guitar body cradle, and assembly instructions

SAVE when you order the jig with 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 TrueChannel fits the popular Bosch Colt Router.

Get the router mounting template to easily adapt the TrueChannel to common laminate trimmers (instructions included).

Save production time when you get additional parts:
  • With additional router carriages, you can have any number of routers installed and ready to rout the binding channels you use frequently.
  • Setup for multiple body shapes with additional body support blocks and plywood cradles.

Our thanks to luthier Tom Ribbecke, who inspired this jig.

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig
TrueChannel Binding Router Jig
 
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5 2-12-2014
TrueChannel Jig

Took some time to set up, but after that the binding channels for my 335 project were cut in a couple of minutes. The result was simply perfect. The support post is rock solid, I bolted it down with two M8 bolts as the original bolts were too short for my needs. I also needed to modify the taller body support blocks to be the same height as the lower ones to get the body leveled in the cradle. Maybe there could be an option for a set of support blocks with the same height?

MaPr  Finland
5 1-23-2014
Time saver!

Fast less clean up and clean cuts!

william chetney  Lake Charles, LA Read my reviews (4)
4 6-17-2013
A good binding jig.

Following my third guitar build, a 000 Stew Mac, I realised the home made binding jig had done its job and should be replaced by something smoother. This binding jig arrived quickly and went together easily. I think there should be the option to have bases for different routers, not just the Stew Mac recommended one. It didn't take me long to adapt it, though.
It is well made but I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the angle pieces holding the body supports, not quite up to the standard I expect from Stew Mac. I hope you can see what I mean from the photo. They don't affect functionality so I'm happy.

Davos  Brantree UK Read my reviews (4)
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5 5-04-2013
Piece of cake

I can't comment on how it compares to routing by hand because I've only routed a binding channel once and I used this jig. Having said that it was so easy to set up and use. I bought the whole complete set including the template to fit my Ryobi trimmer. I was a bit nervous before starting my cuts but within minutes I had perfect channels that the bindings fit in nicely.

Savini Guitars  Australia Read my reviews (8)
5 4-13-2013
Great binding jig

Got in the TrueChannel last week. After a few practice runs you'll get comfortable with it. Cuts perfectly squared binding channels when your instrument's set up in the carriage right. Works great with ukuleles. Mahalo Stewart MacDonald

Koa Works Ukulele Company  Hawaii
5 4-04-2013
A very valuable tool

It is with good reason that this tool is plebiscited by many guitar makers, whether novice or experienced. It is because both its simplicity and its effectiveness. And it is worth every penny in terms of outcome. Personally, I have only strengthened the fixing of the vertical guide post by bolting it forcefully through its plywood base to reduce as far as possible the vibrations transmitted by the router to the whole tool. Finally, I think worth remembering that its use requires a certain degree of attention at the beginning to ensure both safety and efficacy.

Pavy Custom Guitars  France Read my reviews (2)
4 4-03-2013
Needed some alterations!

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.

Luthierlyn  NY
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5 4-01-2013
Great Tool!

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

Shannon Greenlaw  Halifax CANADA Read my reviews (5)
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5 2-02-2013
tru channel binding jig

I have used this jig for years helping my students cut accurate binding channels on their guitars. The secret to a good binding job is accurately cut channels and this jig makes that happen.

O'Brien Guitars  Parker, Colorado Read my reviews (2)
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5 1-03-2013
loves it

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.

Snider Guitars  Rochester, NY Read my reviews (4)
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