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Wood As A Binding

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Ops, that was supposed to say runout, dang iPhone auto-correct. It's where the grain of the wood doesn't follow the edges of the lumber straight. The more runout in a piece, the shorter the sections of continuous wood fibers and therefore the more prone to cracking when bending.


+1 to that.

I use a home made steam oven to get the wood binding realy plyable & then tape it in place very quickly. let it dry out into shape before applying glue. steaming the hell out of it makes the fibers realy maluable, you can even tie it in knots if its left long enough. Helps minimise any cracking/splitting. Found this to work well on prety much everything so far.

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You can use more or less any wood you like for binding. Slighly harder is slightly better, as it'll take knocks a little more easily without denting. I've used maple, padauk, ebony, rosewood, and have ebony, cocobolo, snakewood, bloodwood and koa 'waiting in the wings' for the right project, as it were...

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