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Matt Clara
10-29-2009, 04:08 AM
I don't want to spend on the whole set (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bindings,_trim/Tools_and_supplies_for_binding:_Binding_channel_cu tting/Binding_Router_Bit_Set.html?tab=Details#details), so if someone could recommend a couple standard sized bearings to add to the bit, I would appreciate it.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-29-2009, 01:16 PM
It really depends on the size binds/purflings you want to install.
I cut all my wood bindings to fit the .06" bearing which actually cuts .072". They do this to allow for glue, etc. I believe most commercially available plastic bindinds will fit the .04" (.052") bearing. I use many of the other sizes depending on how wide my purflings are. I wish they had some bearings between the .15" and .20" sizes.
In my opinion the sets from LMI are better since there are more size choices. I have too much invested in the StewMac cutters and bearings to switch now......

Matt Clara
10-29-2009, 04:31 PM
It really depends on the size binds/purflings you want to install.
I cut all my wood bindings to fit the .06" bearing which actually cuts .072". They do this to allow for glue, etc. I believe most commercially available plastic bindinds will fit the .04" (.052") bearing. I use many of the other sizes depending on how wide my purflings are. I wish they had some bearings between the .15" and .20" sizes.
In my opinion the sets from LMI are better since there are more size choices. I have too much invested in the StewMac cutters and bearings to switch now......

Thanks Chuck. Do you route your channels with a laminate trimmer? I know you mentioned you use a dremel for some of that work.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-29-2009, 05:24 PM
Yes, I use Home Depot's house brand, Rigid. I have a bunch of them and the bases are all interchangeable. I never switch bits unless they are dull. The Rigid also has some good mounting hardware to fot on my channel cutter.
Don't even try to cut a binding or purfling channel with a hand held Dremel. I know it can be done, and StewieMac even sells a fixture for this purpose, but you won't be happy with the results.
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