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01-29-2011, 06:27 AM
I was doing some "BW+rosewood" binding work on a Soprano today..And I normaly fit it the rosewood outer standing proud about 1/2mm from the sides and then I sand it down flush..I was wondering if anyone did it the other way making the binding flush or slightly under..and then sand down the sides to match:confused: ??

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-29-2011, 06:44 AM
I know builders who glue their bindings proud and other who glue them shy. I've tried it both ways and don't see the point of doing either. I thickness my bindings to the exact dimension as my cut. With the glue they'll stand a couple of thousandths proud. The trick to doing good wood binding is to take the same care in bending them as you do your sides. I want then to fit perfectly, especially at the waist. There's nothing worse than seeing bindings going thick and thin and thick and thin. I also hit the inside corner of the bindings lightly with sand paper to remove any raw edges or burrs.

01-29-2011, 07:12 AM
Binding flush, sand inside corner of binding. Wait, seems like I'm copying Chuck. . .or maybe its the weather. . .

01-29-2011, 07:25 AM
There's nothing worse than seeing bindings going thick and thin and thick and thin.

I know just what you mean... I bound a uke last week ..did'nt like the fit at the waist :mad:..so I routed them out today and replaced them with better fitting ones ..Now I'm happy again:).

01-29-2011, 09:27 AM
I try to make mine as flush as possible. I want them to look even, and I sure don't like having to remove a bunch of material from the sides to get everything flush.

Vic D
01-29-2011, 12:25 PM
I"ve finally figured out to make the binding a few thou under flush to allow for glue. I also run a knife blade down the inside corner to knock the edge off so they'll sit better. In the past I did them high and it's just too much work. I also bend them to fit very well and tape them into the channel to chill out and settle for a while before glueing up. One more thing I do is I use one of those sliding grip/squeeze trigger type clamps (whatever they're called) with a couple of special cauls on each end to clamp the binding in the waist, eliminating any future embarrassing glue/sawdust fills in the waist. Works for me...

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-29-2011, 01:58 PM
Small bar clamps fitted with PVC pipe over the jaws and covered with Teflon sheet is the trick for waists.

01-29-2011, 11:55 PM
I use 25 mm wide twill tape (herringbone tape in Australia) to synch everything up tight after the bindings / purflings are glued in the HHG. Use to use large elastic bands but they perish so quickly that they kept breaking 1/2 way through a job, nearly taking out an eye so they went into the bin.

01-30-2011, 05:02 AM
... they went into the bin.
Ah, the bin - I keep a great deal of my production there.