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    Default I'm going to build a binding jig

    I decided a binding router jig was a good idea, but baulked at the AU$300 to $350 that LMII and StewMac wanted. I've been playing around with 3D printers and laser cutters for a while now, and more recently with a CNC machine. I figured I can repurpose parts intended for those machines.

    So, for less than AU$100 (would have been < half that direct from China, but patience is no friend of mine), I've ordered:


    The rail slide might have too much rotational slop, in which case I'll add a second rail. I'm still thinking about whether to 3D print the trimmer clamp/rounded base as a single plastic unit or make it out of aluminium. Or I could use a CNC spindle with stock clamp.

    I'll update this thread when I get to building it. Meanwhile, any suggestion/advice/discouragement is welcome!

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    I made mine from a TV swivle bracket and there is a video of it on youtube...all you need is a couple of drawer slides for the vertical axis...these tv brackets are very cheap these days on eBay...and this type of jig is better than the fixed column type.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilFbNdyw-9k
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    Thanks Timbuck. I saw your contraption in an earlier thread and thought it very clever. I decided to go with a fixed router and moving base rather than the other way around, mainly for space reasons. Are there advantages to a moving router that I might have overlooked?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gleibitz View Post
    Thanks Timbuck. I saw your contraption in an earlier thread and thought it very clever. I decided to go with a fixed router and moving base rather than the other way around, mainly for space reasons. Are there advantages to a moving router that I might have overlooked?
    Not really.. you end up with a binding channel either way... I've noticed on factory tour videos that the big guitar manufacturers favour the horizontal fixed router type but it dosn't look easy to do it that way...The fastest one i've seen is Pete howlett's "De Souter ballancing arm" it just zipps around in seconds.
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    I see you've added a photo log: looks like your first build is progressing well.

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    Thanks greenscoe, I'm having a lot of fun and learning loads. It definitely ranks among the most rewarding projects I've tackled, and I owe that wholly to the inspiration I got from contributors to this forum.

    Looking forward to #2 when I get to avoid the dumb mistakes I've made though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau Hannam Ukuleles View Post
    Thanks. That's probably the sensible option, but still AU$240. I think (hope!) mine will be a lot cheaper. It better be. I stopped counting dollars when I realised I'd crossed the 2k mark for tools and supplies, not including timber or parts.

    O.o

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    It adds up.

    My build landed att about 1200usd, because of tools and supplies. The timber was maybe 200 in total so the rest was unanticipated costs .
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