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Forum topic by Dallas posted 11-21-2014 08:10 PM 3603 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dallas

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11-21-2014 08:10 PM

On the internet it seems that you can find almost anything.

Except.

I have been thinking about making my own purfling and binding for my guitar build.

I have searched for days to see if I can find a primer or a video of DIY, Homemade, Doityourself, and almost every variation of those topics.

I have been to 6 search engines, each one of which refered me to cutting the rabbet in the guitar by hand. None had anything to do with cutting your own.

These bindings have to be super-accurate for size and thickness, and if it’s off very much at all will show like a sheep in a cow judging contest.

The only reference that I have seen so far is “DON’T DO IT!” No one says why, no one gives any rationale. I am stymied, (stumped), to say the least.

Any insight to this would be a big help, especially because I can visualize ways to cut this stuff accurately and have it do what I want it to do.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!


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timbertailor

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 08:33 PM

I have seen videos of it on YouTube.

Not sure if these guys have a video but lots of good hardware and information. He does show how he uses a micro adjust fence on a drill press and a drum sander to adjust the thickness of his bindings.

Stewart McDonald

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Dallas

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 09:44 PM

That doesn’t lead anywhere but to the main Stew-Mac page. Is there a chance you could narrow it down a bit? I’m kind of decrepit in my old age and need to be led by the left paw.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 10:00 PM

OK. Show of hands… How may of you said to yourself ”Whatthehell is a PURFLING?”
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ME! I did !
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#4 posted 11-21-2014 10:00 PM

Sorry dude. I cant help you… but I just HAD’TA do that!

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Dallas

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 10:19 PM

JoeinGa, I liked it.
The picture doesn’t do it justice though.
Purfling goes across the top and Binding goes down the side.
The binding covers the junction between the top veneer and the side veneer and the Purfling macks it look a lot better.

That is why it has to be completely accurate on the cutting.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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12strings

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 10:54 PM

I don’t know what the problem is…I’ve had multiple guitars…just bought a new Breedlove…They all come with Purfling already installed! (That’s my solution, and I’m sticking to it!).

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#7 posted 11-21-2014 11:30 PM



That doesn t lead anywhere but to the main Stew-Mac page. Is there a chance you could narrow it down a bit? I m kind of decrepit in my old age and need to be led by the left paw.

- Dallas

Binding installation and modification

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brittonguitars

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#8 posted 05-13-2015 05:26 AM

Purfling
if you are going to make simple black and white strips…why? its cheap buy it, but if you want to create a unique pattern, you can use sheets of veneer long sheets, and glue it together much like building a rosette…

Binding
can be made with a good band saw and setting up a good sanding system to make a basic uniform thickness “Because” ...,don’t forget when you glue the binding on, one side is to the outside so, the side that is glued will be the exact size of your channel…so its not so hard…but purfling is much different…here is an idea of the process, based on rosettes…..

https://youtu.be/QLPCfGPjCbc

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BJODay

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#9 posted 05-13-2015 09:20 AM

Brittonguitars,
Thanks for that link. Very interesting. Complex rosette with simple tools.

For the OP try this link:
http://www.mimf.com/
It is a luthier’s forum.

BJ

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brittonguitars

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#10 posted 05-13-2015 05:47 PM

A bit more about veneer and how you can actually use it to make purfling, this video is about rosettes, but the principles are very much the same as far as cutting the strips, you can basically use a standard wood, Mahogany, maple etc..and die it using transtint to any color you can imagine, even if the veneer is not long enough you can butt the strips together, for example an OM size guitar would take to strips of about 30” for each half of the guitar top with a joint in the middle of the lower bout, but more joints can be used perhaps a joint every few inches with a small piece of a different color….anyway there are so many options….

https://youtu.be/Mu5p_8IJYg8

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exelectrician

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#11 posted 05-14-2015 08:10 PM

https://youtu.be/6haG-aDM-eg

I always wanted to know what those nice details were called, now I know, purflings and bindings. Thanks for posting Dallas.

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Dallas

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#12 posted 05-14-2015 08:56 PM

Even more awesome details can be found.

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brittonguitars

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#13 posted 05-18-2015 03:30 AM

Hand made rosette, did this today on a spruce top… with little chips of purple heart between walnut and maple and two strips of B/W purfling

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#14 posted 05-18-2015 06:20 AM

Thanks Joe, I didn’t want to ask and look foolish.

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