Cutting the binding and purfling channels.

The next step is a bit anxiety-producing because it involves routing out channels to receive the body binding and purfling. Purfling is decorative lines between the top and the binding (and also the back). I selected purfling that has two alternating strips of Ebony and Maple in the configuration. For the binding, I was able to obtain some beautiful quilted Mahogany. This will shimmer when it is finished with lacquer. The binding channel is cut first using a special binding jig attached to a small router.

The binding router is set to cut out the binding channel to the exact dimension of the Mahogany binding.

The binding router is set to cut out the binding channel to the exact dimension of the Mahogany binding.

Routing around the cutaway is very difficult because the router can't reach all areas with consistent depth.

Routing around the cutaway is very difficult because the router can’t reach all areas with consistent depth.

I have to re-cut some of the cutaway channels by hand with a chisel to maintain constant depth. After the binding channel is cut, I do the same thing for the purfling channel.

The purfling channel is cut out next.

The purfling channel is cut out next.

After the channel routing is finished, I use a sanding stick to clean up any excess and to even out the channel.

After the channel routing is finished, I use a sanding stick to clean up any excess and to even out the channel.

The guitar body ready for binding and purfling.

The guitar body ready for binding and purfling.

MDR-

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    It really is starting to look like a guitar! It’s amazing how quickly it’s shaping up now. The process is very fun to watch, and I can’t wait to hear how this instrument will sound when it’s finished.