I've tried several methods to do this all with varying degrees of success.. I am partly limited by a small work space so some of the bigger parallel arm jigs for this are out of the question size wise.. My current jig is a variation on a Charles Fox design and ones I've seen in some production guitar factory videos.. The key to all binding jigs is that they reference off the sides of the guitar NOT the top which is arched, only a small part of the to top or back is in contact with the jig so the arch does not effect the accuracy of the routed channel..
This new jig worked very well and this was by far the least stress I have had routing binding channels so that coupled with the relatively small size of this jig makes it a keeper.. I'm sure some of the bigger jigs are even easier to use (from what I've seen) but they just are not an option for me due to space.
|Completed channels, nice smooth and even|
|Bindings installed and taped in place while the glue dries.|
I use fish glue for this as it allows time to get the bindings set in correctly
|And from the top|
|The completed bindings|
|From the back|
|and from the side, I'm happy with how the ebony looks with the Koa wood.|