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OOOOh nooo!!

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Got the box closed on #5 installed binding on the back one evening and set up to do the top binding channel the next evening.
Made several test cuts to get the depth of cut right where I wanted it. Got the body in the sled and started making the rout. Almost immediately something didn't sound quite right so I stopped and looked and the router bit had worked itself loose from the collet and had slipped down over a 1/4" cutting all the while.
Damn it!
Spent the next two days removing the top and top kerfing, replacing the kerfing, profiling the sides and cleaning up the top to put everything back together.
Set up and cut the binding channel again, all looked good until I put the binding in place. Somehow, don't ask cause I don't know, had made the cut about .060" to far down on the sides. So now I have a nicely cut channel that the binding does not fill.
I considered various purfling additions to regain the missing height but decided that taller binding was the best solution.
I emailed several binding suppliers and found one that indicated a willingness to make some binding .320 tall. The supplier did not have any blood wood to cut at that time but said he woukd be getting some soon. Two weeks later no binding.
Ordered a bloodwood board thinking I would cut some binding myself. Got the board in the mail and it was not nearly as red as the binding that was already installed on the backside.
So after nearly a month of trying to solve the binding issue here is what I came up with.

I know it doesn't match the binding on the back but I think it looks pretty good.

Dec 05, 09 | 5:23 am
Bill Cory

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I agree -- it looks good! Nobody will know it's an error unless you say something. It's unique and a good solution.

This goes into the INAMU ("It's Not A Mistake Unless ... You Can't Fix It.") file.


Dec 05, 09 | 6:14 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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When something goes wrong , it is a chance for trying something new. I do like that effect and it looks great.
John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair center

Dec 05, 09 | 6:23 am

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I'm very impressed with that solution!

When I opened the post and seen the binding I thought it looked nice and I had no idea this was to fix a problem.


Dec 05, 09 | 8:20 am
Ken Hundley

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I think it looks great too! I can't tell the difference between the two in the photos.

Some of the wood I buy varies so much in color that when I cut for binding, by the time you get it thicknessed and cut to length, there is serious variation between the peices. I think it adds character and natural beauty to any peice you are making. You want perfect color match, use plastic. Great save, great thinking, well done.

Dec 05, 09 | 1:19 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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I think you have got something there! That effect looks great with the thin purfling down the center. I wouldn't be surprise if someone doesn't go for that look intentionally.
Good fix!
Make sure we see the finished product.


Dec 06, 09 | 8:44 am

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Very good solution! Excellent save! I like the look too!

Jan 06, 10 | 4:56 pm

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thanks all.

Jan 07, 10 | 5:32 am
enalnitram (Martin Lane)

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at OLF next week they'll be saying, "hey, did y'all see the "double binding" thread over at KGF? Barry invented that."

Jan 07, 10 | 9:54 am

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