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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

3-4 weeks
$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

3-4 weeks
$319.25

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

3-4 weeks
$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

3-4 weeks
$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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4 12-21-2012
Truechannel Binding Router Jig

An expensive tool but worth the investment. Worked well after a few practice runs on scrap timber.

Ian McIver  Minera,Wrexham,North Wales,UK
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5 12-10-2012
TrueChannel Binding Jib

Jig worked like a charm. Students had no trouble understanding how to use the jig or operating it. I plan on purchasing a few more for next year.

Mark Smith  Morris, IL, USA
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5 12-05-2012
True channel routing jig

I'm doing my first guitar kit, and was very nervous about routing these channels. This jig saved me. I'm using a Ryobi cordless trimmer, which works great with the StewMac cutter & bearings. Just do a few practice runs to get the hang of it!

Mike R  USA Read my reviews (3)
5 10-25-2012
Expensive But Worth It

I've been building flat tops for over 20 years and I've suffered through many jury-rigged methods to cut good binding channels. Finally the thought that there MUST be a better way penetrated my thick head. This tool with my old De Walt laminate trimmer mounted has really done the job. For any novice luthiers out there, I'd advise a purchase of this jig. Over my years of building, this tool along with a go-bar deck and a Stew Mac buffer have been major revelations that raised the quality of my craft. I read all the reviews and from my initial experience I've not experienced ANY of the problems that some reviewers wrote of.

Bill Meyer/Jack Straw Guitars  Prescott, Arizona Read my reviews (5)
5 9-23-2012
Perfect for archtops

This jig woks perfectly for cutting the binding channels for archtops. I had major problems with cutting these before I got this jig. Now this part of the process is pretty much a piece of cake.

Scott Miller  WI Read my reviews (3)
5 6-23-2012
Better than I anticipated

I wanted a perfect result and that is what I got. It was simple enough to assemble the Jig and very easy to use succesfully.

Mighty Magpie  Herts, United Kingdom
5 3-17-2012
perfect binding job must have

having struggled with getting perfect clean binding rabbets has been a big frustration on my archtops. This solved my problem nicely. Nothing like good quality tools to improve the building experience.

Jason D  Port Elgin ON
4 2-07-2012
TruChannelJig

Awesome, works very well with masonite as a bottom board. I have only just used it only to trim the overlap with a flush trimmer. Such a pleasure not to have to worry about the arches on the front and back throwing off the tool, no unwanted cutting. Did well with old tool on padouk. It is an excellent tool and a worthwhile investment. Rarely am I this impressed on first use. It would be 5 stars at more reasonable price.

JBM  Washougal, WA Read my reviews (2)
5 12-16-2011
TrueChannel Jig Product Support

I had previously purchased the TC Jig and put it into service. Although "working", there was more play between the rollers and post than desirable. I discussed the problem with a Stu-Mac tech. He promptly sent me a new complete post, roller, and router carriage that operates freely without the play. This level of product support is commendable.

New River Guitars  Todd, NC Read my reviews (3)
4 12-01-2011
Good idea ...

... but to make it useable for my German Bosch router I almost had to re-construct the whole sledge, cause the router mounting template does not work at all for that. Now, after heavy modification work, it is a good, useful tool.

Leonhard Augenstein  Germany Read my reviews (8)
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