Construction - Binding 2

Pre-bending the binding makes it easier to concentrate on accurate mitering and a good, clean glue-up.

A heat gun and several different size dowels help form the tight curves of the inner scroll. A heat blanket and a number of molds like the one shown above make the rest of pre-bending fairly straightforward.




A typical glue-up. I generally try to cut the binding ledge just slightly wider than the binding—nothing measurable except by feel—the goal being to remove a bit of wood and essentially no celluloid during clean up. Maintaining an even thickness of binding around the rim enhances the overall appearance.

I’ve recently begun staining the inside of the scroll before gluing up the binding.  Even with some of the stained wood being removed during clean up, adding this step saves time and effort during finishing.