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.
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.