THE BINDING is successfully bent and glued to each uke. I am very pleased with the fit, no gaps, no problems, NOW! it is time to fit in the little end piece connecting the top and bottom binding. I like to see a little taper in that piece and that just makes the project a little more difficult.
First I made a V shaped router guide of plexiglass and maple scraps. Setting up my router very carefully for depth , I clamped the guide to the body of the uke and I was able to route out these nice clean channels.
I want to use the lovely Blackwood binding with the brown purfling for the vertical strip but I need the purfling on both sides. Also the binding is too wide at the narrow end of the channel and too narrow at the top. The solution- I am going to make two tapered pieces from an extra piece of the binding and fit them in side by side so there will be purfling on both sides of the channel that will meet with the 45 degree miters cut in the existing purfling top and bottom. Tune in tomorrow to see how successful this plan was. And by the way, cross your fingers for me.