January 9, 2010

I haven’t been posting over the holidays, but I was still working.  Spent lots of time installing the curly maple binding with the BWB purfling.  Got a hint/trick from Rick Davis.  After the binding is installed, often there are small gaps between the binding/purfling/guitar body.  In the past I have filled these small gaps.  Now, after the glue has cured, I clamp the binding where there are gaps then use a heat gun (think hair dryer with temperature control) and apply forced air heat at the gap, and magically, the glue softens and the clamped area gaps tighten up.  Very cool.



Next step is to level/sand the binding to be flush with the guitar body and prepare for the neck fitting.