Classical Guitar Binding Ledges Routed

Binding ledges routed this afternoon, bindings are thinned and BWBWB purfling is made.

These two photos garnered a lot of interest on my Instagram account this week, and I am a little baffled by the interest. I assume that it is because very few people get to see what a guitar looks like before the bindings are installed. This isn’t a guitar that I made, it was built by a very, very well known European guitar maker and was horribly mistreated by its previous owner. I purchased this guitar and now in the process of restoring it. It has an Italian spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. I may make it available to purchase, if you are interested in learning more about it, please contact me at

First, I set the router bit to the depth and height to match the binding, in this case, some hard maple, and rout out the channels/ledges/rebates/rabbets, or whatever term you wish to use, on the guitar’s top and back. Once that is done I proceed to the next step.

Second, I set the height and depth of router bit to match the purfling which is .03mm thick black and white strips of veneer laminated together. Only the top on this guitar receives the purfling. It is much easier to glue up a lamination of veneers, when I first started making guitars I would have glued five separate strips of veneer and the binding at the same time. It was a very messy and nerve wracking way to the job.

The back binding is on…

 …and I hope to get the top binding and purfling on today. We have a new puppy, she’s five months old and takes up most of my time during the day. Quality time in the shop only happens when she is asleep or outside, and as I write this, we are getting dumped on with snow!

Our puppy, Tula!


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