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Timbuck
08-17-2016, 09:25 AM
I put a concert body together today..I must have got something wrong some where when putting the back on cos the seam at the lower bout didnt close up as tight as it should have and there was 1/2 mm gap :(
So I decided that the bindings will get that (I hadnt planned on bindings on this one but what the heck)..so I sorted out some black linings but they were about 1mm too wide ...I should have sanded them down, but I was in a lazy mood and i thought to myself "I'll scrape them down on the uke afterwards" ..I finally got them flush with sides but bit took nearly an hour to scrape and sand them..It turned out ok in the end, But! with a bit of care and attention to what I was doing I could have saved myself a lot of work and frustration :wallbash:
Tomorrow I'll give myself a good talking to, and try and do better.:o

cml
08-17-2016, 09:28 AM
I'll buy you a virtual beer :cheers:.

Note to self: "make sure bindings dont extend too far off the uke".

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
08-17-2016, 09:37 AM
Use a spindle sander and belt sander for that Ken. Of course power sanding can end up in disaster real quick too but if you've got the knack for it, it can go easily and quickly as well.

Timbuck
08-17-2016, 10:16 AM
Use a spindle sander and belt sander for that Ken. Of course power sanding can end up in disaster real quick too but if you've got the knack for it, it can go easily and quickly as well.
That's what I did in the end Chuck, on the spindle sander but was a bit nervous co's I didn't want to end up with a spindle size groove in the side...I stopped sanding short just leaving a few thou to scrape down...still gave me a lot frustration tho.

Pete Howlett
08-17-2016, 10:31 AM
I use a flush cutter in my router... no grinding or sanding required :) Works with celluloid binding as well and since the good chaps at Hitachi did a free repair for me on my 22 year old T6 trimmer we are good to go :)

little timber
08-17-2016, 10:35 AM
I had a flush cutter grab an ABS binding on me once and throw the uke out of my hands and into the wall. I think I'll stick to the sanding and scraping.

resoman
08-17-2016, 11:20 AM
I use a flush cutter in my router... no grinding or sanding required :) Works with celluloid binding as well and since the good chaps at Hitachi did a free repair for me on my 22 year old T6 trimmer we are good to go :)

I do it this way too but I do it in my binding channel routing fixture clamped to the bench :)

Timbuck
08-17-2016, 11:43 AM
I use a flush cutter in my router... no grinding or sanding required :) Works with celluloid binding as well and since the good chaps at Hitachi did a free repair for me on my 22 year old T6 trimmer we are good to go :)The first time I tried that method was on rosewood bindings ..I must have hit the end grain or the glue job wasn't 100% co's it ended up in disaster ..I'm more carefull now.

Vespa Bob
08-17-2016, 01:01 PM
It'a comforting to hear you seasoned pro's have the same problems I do! I can remember scraping for ever on a too thick binding.

Bob

Pete Howlett
08-17-2016, 01:08 PM
if you are milling off 0.2mm you don't get exploding binding. It really is a question of how good the joinery is in any of this stuff. Do it properly and you don't get accidents. Also, using a router as a flushing tool you must follow the grain direction which means careful selection of grain orientation the first place. This is more than just bending and sticking wood willy nilly....

sequoia
08-17-2016, 06:14 PM
I just use a sharp thumb plane (don't get too close or you might take a slice of side!) to get really close, then use a sharp cabinet scraper to take it down flush. I do use a spindle sander only on the waist where a plane can't get. I am super careful and just get it close. Discretion is the the better part of valor here. Finish with the scraper. Really doesn't take that long. With sharp tools this is part of building that I really enjoy.

Timbuck
08-17-2016, 08:36 PM
I'm doing the bindings on the top today...And I remembered I had made this device http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?48306-DIY-Binding-Trimmer&highlight=binding+trimmer (Wow! 5 years ago How time fly's) I think i'll dig it out of storage and put it to use.

Here is the expensive Stewmac version I pinched it from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWJnyCgKk5A