IT IS ONE THING TO BEND THE BINDING, it is quite another to bond it to the instrument body. Takes a lot of fitting and careful gluing and taping. If all goes well you get a tight fit, and where the two pieces meet at their ends, smooth and handsome joint.
The binding is attached with this special tape that is really sticky and strong. You use it to get the binding and purfling as close as possible to the ledges cut for them in the body. The goal is "no gap",
After the glue is set, you carefully take off the tape and plane down the overage with this supersharp little Ibex plane. A joy to use by the way.
This uke is looking good. Got a nice tight fit and when the final finish work is done this should look very nice. This is a time consuming job. I did not get all three tenors done today. I have five more bindings to install and seven done. Then lots of sanding will ensue. So far-still looking good.