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Back bindings

 

First step in preparing the back for the bindings is to trim the heel.  This is how it starts out.

 

Trim the end of the back as well as shape the heel of the neck with a chisel.

 

Done, ready to start routing.

 

First pass with the Dremel binding tool.

 

Scrape the glue off.

 

Second pass with the Dremel binding tool.

 

Some parts can't be reached by the Dremel tool and have to be cleaned out by hand with a sharp chisel.  This is mostly in the sharp bends in the drop part of the teardrop shape.

 

Heat up the large bending pipe.

 

Bending the binding.

 

Now heat up the small bending pipe,

 

and bend the front part of the binding around the pipe.

 

Apply glue to the mandolin body.

 

Bindings in place and secured with rubber bands.

 

Once the glue is dry the bindings can be scraped level with the mandolin sides.  If all went well, there will be no gaps.  Now we can prepare the fingerboard.