TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

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TrueChannel Binding Router Jig with Guitar Body Cradle and Binding Bit Set

About This Item

Cut perfectly squared binding ledges on any instrument—including archtops.

The TrueChannel jig 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, so you won't have to scrape them too thin.

The problem: The arch of the guitar top, and especially the back, will change the router alignment. Without the TrueChannel, a standard router base will tilt, causing the routed channel to be too deep or too shallow; the bindings won't fit right. TrueChannel keeps the router vertical for a square ledge. Bindings fit correctly.

    Includes
  • Rock-steady aluminum router support post with carriage
  • Sliding support brackets (4), adjustable for body shapes and heights
  • Shaped plywood guitar body cradle
  • Binding Router Bit Set with 9 bearing sizes
  • Instructions

Some TrueChannel components are also sold separately.

SAVE when you buy this TrueChannel set that includes 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 jig carriage fits the popular Bosch Colt Router. An inexpensive Router Mounting Template lets you use other common laminate trimmers, too.

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



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Video

Trade Secrets!

Trade Secrets!

"Which binding tools should I choose?"

Erick Coleman answers a frequent question from customers: Which tools to use for routing channels for instrument bindings?

Instructions

Product Instructions

How to Install Bindings

Overview of binding, purfling, and other instrument trim, including binding recommendations and installation techniques.

Product Instructions

TrueChannel Routing Jig

Assembly instructions for our TrueChannel Routing Jig.

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5.0

Perfect Channels EASY

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After spending weeks and weeks of building time trying to design a solution to keep the router level on a radiused top I threw in the towel and bought this TrueChannel. Problem solved. This is a well designed very robust jig and fixture that makes routing binding channels simple and easy. Perfect channels in several minutes. Do your self a favor, bite the bullet, spend the money and use your time building, not trying to solve the difficult problem of keeping the router from tipping, or cutting wonky channels! I'm very happy I bought it.

Shellac the top of the included cradle and your top will skate around the bit like it was on ice. But ALWAYS HOLD THE WORK WITH TWO HANDS. During my first cut with this system, the router bit slung my body (loosely held with one hand) across the room. Luckily it crashed into an upholstered chair cushion!

!!WARNING!! ALWAYS CUT THE SIDE CHANNEL FOR THE BINDING FIRST:

If you cut the top first, the white bearing ring that rides on the top will not have sufficient material to ride on. This should be a big bold note in the instructions. I Cut the top channel first and had to custom machine a new white bearing ring so it would ride on the top (I just cut the top away where the white ring would normally ride), just ask the StewMac guy.

4.0

Great Tool for Acoustic Guitars and Jazzboxes, not for Solidbody Guitars like Tom Anderson/Suhr etc.

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For use in Europe, you can use the Bosch Router GKF-600. That one is similar to the American Bosch PR20EVS and works fine.

5.0

Great for the shop

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Verified Buyer


Well built and easy to set up.
This jig saves a lot of time and makes for good clean routes.
Well worth the money.

5.0

Makes routing a joy!

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Verified Buyer


Prior to purchasing this binding router jig, routing the edge of my guitar bodies was the most intimidating part of building. I'm on my 5th build and all four of my prior guitars show some form of mishap from routing - usually a channel that is too deep or too wide. I just used this jig on my current build and the channels are true and the bindings fit perfectly! I struggled with the purchase price - quite expensive - but now I wish I had purchased this jig when I first got started. It is well worth the investment!

5.0

Very easy to use. Fear not!

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I'm a very new builder, and the prospect of cutting channels just scared me to death. I have to say I'm glad I spent the cash on this thing. It isn't cheap, but if you're planning on doing several or more instruments I believe it is worth it. I use a colt router along w the bushings offered at STewmac and the result is a consistent great looking cut all around.
I'm on my 2nd instrument right now and have total confidence in cutting binding channels.

5.0

The Simple Solution

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I spent hours online looking at various solutions for getting binding channels routed correctly. Some were clever, but extremely complex, others seemed to require the steady hand of a surgeon. This seemed to be the most straightforward, both in design and in operation, and it didn't let me down. My channels came out perfectly. A somewhat similar product is offered on another website, but the Stewmac version is made of metal, is less expensive and far less complicated. If you still need convincing, watch the videos. The other tool is so complex to set up and use, I'd probably still be trying to get everything adjusted!

5.0

Vibrations, etc.

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Works great now! Tightening knob loosened (despite tightening) with vibrations during use, causing depth of cut to shift. Easily corrected with 11 cent lock washer (not included).

5.0

TrueChannel Jig

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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?

5.0

Time saver!

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Verified Buyer


Fast less clean up and clean cuts!

4.0

A good binding jig.

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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.

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