is another mans binding machine

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I made this jig for cutting the binding rabbet on a guitar I was making.

Because of the radius on the top and back of a guitar it is difficult to cut a square rabbet. This keeps the router bit square by riding a sled attached to a slide guided by a bearing. The design is based on a machine from lmii.
The bit is in an old craftsman “dremel”. I didn’t have a trim router at the time. It is held to a sled made of 1/2” baltic ply left over from a cabinet job. The sled rides on two drawer glides. They are attached to the base. Which is half of the post and the base of an old craftsman drill press.

The bearing was scavenged from a box of old router bits. The 90 degree part of the bearing guide was a post in a circuit breaker box.
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#1 posted 2197 days ago

thats very, very cool! thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 2197 days ago

Sweet. I love this stuff. Routing machines just fasinate me.

Did you have any trouble with that single bearing falling off the side of the guitar?

Good job,

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#3 posted 2197 days ago

I like it. You should have saved this for the contest. Looks like it was made from left overs. Thanks for the post.

-- Tim

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#4 posted 2197 days ago

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 2197 days ago

Necessity is the Mother of Invention ! Great job indeed…I wish I was so inventive : )

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#6 posted 2197 days ago

Neat tool. Would like a chance to see it in action.

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#7 posted 2197 days ago

Neat routing machine – was over my head at first glance and I had to study it for a bit… before I gave up on the thought of (eventually, maybe someday) making a guitar. I’d be more motivated if I played.

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#8 posted 2194 days ago

Now that’s the kind of thinking I like! The use of the wire lug out of the circuit breaker box. I find myself using pieces and parts for something other than what they were originaly intended-only problem I’ve found with that is my shop is full of things that I should have discarded-but couldn’t because I’m gonna use them someday for something else-LOL You get my vote for this category of another mans junk-now that’s a real treasure.
Ken McGinnis

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#9 posted 2188 days ago

A very unique, & functional tool, & a great use of junk.

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#10 posted 2176 days ago

Very inventive. Great job.

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#11 posted 2168 days ago

looks good …

where is the guitar photo ?

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#12 posted 2166 days ago

Great job. Good luck in the contest.

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#13 posted 1887 days ago

Thanks Bilsbourough,I’ve been looking for something like this as my son and I plan to make a guitar soon. I have been thinking of fastening the router on my drill press, but I might use your design instead.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 1860 days ago

Cool idea… Another way is to use a smaller router that doesn’t cover much of the guitar. and still another is to shave a shingle sized wedge of wood that is the pitch of the guitar back and attach it to a router base.

I’ve actually just used a standard router. Once you add the purfling and scrap it off the inside angle that it is glued to doesn’t really show as the pufling is scraped flush with the side and top of the guitar.

I do love inventive contraptions though.

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#15 posted 1860 days ago

Pretty cool!

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