is another mans binding machine

  • Advertise with us
Project by bilsborough posted 07-04-2008 02:50 PM 6954 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
is another mans binding machine
is another mans binding machine No picture No picture No picture No picture No picture
Zoom Pictures

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.
It’s beauty lies more in function than form.

-- What do you learn from being right?

16 comments so far

View teenagewoodworker's profile


2727 posts in 3767 days

#1 posted 07-04-2008 03:43 PM

thats very, very cool! thanks for sharing!

View SPalm's profile


5320 posts in 3881 days

#2 posted 07-04-2008 04:57 PM

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,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View tenontim's profile


2131 posts in 3743 days

#3 posted 07-04-2008 05:08 PM

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

View Callum Kendall's profile

Callum Kendall

1918 posts in 3702 days

#4 posted 07-04-2008 06:47 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


-- For wood working podcasts with a twist check out

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3687 days

#5 posted 07-04-2008 06:56 PM

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

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View TedM's profile


2002 posts in 3731 days

#6 posted 07-05-2008 02:47 AM

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

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

View scottb's profile


3648 posts in 4326 days

#7 posted 07-05-2008 03:59 AM

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.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

View woodbutcher's profile


592 posts in 4165 days

#8 posted 07-07-2008 09:14 PM

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

-- woodbutcher north carolina

View Dick, & Barb Cain's profile

Dick, & Barb Cain

8693 posts in 4298 days

#9 posted 07-13-2008 06:19 PM

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

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

View Karson's profile


35121 posts in 4399 days

#10 posted 07-26-2008 03:27 AM

Very inventive. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

14172 posts in 3982 days

#11 posted 08-02-2008 05:13 PM

looks good …

where is the guitar photo ?

welcome to lumberjocks

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View Grumpy's profile


23928 posts in 3850 days

#12 posted 08-05-2008 01:09 AM

Great job. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View stefang's profile


15881 posts in 3333 days

#13 posted 05-11-2009 12:18 AM

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.

View Craftsman on the lake's profile

Craftsman on the lake

2791 posts in 3437 days

#14 posted 06-06-2009 04:02 PM

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.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4024 posts in 4063 days

#15 posted 06-06-2009 06:52 PM

Pretty cool!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics