I'm just entering the home stretch with three strap hangers and I'm seriously thinking of modifying the binding method.
I've got two F5 mandolins and one F style octave ready for binding. In the past I've bound the scrolls in the traditional manner with the binding rising with the top edge of the scroll and leaving a bit of top or bottom end grain expose in a cyclindrical wedge shape below the binding ledge. Because my scrolls tend to be deeper and more free form then the usual, by the plan florentine, that "cylindrical wedge" can be fairly wide and a bit disconcerting in my opinion (example below: red "X").
What I want to do this time is fully bind the end grain face of the scroll right into the point of the curl and eliminate that bit of exposed endgrain that usually shows between the bottom of the binding and the top of the side. I make my own binding material from local ebony, so custom shaped binding is not really a problem.
I'm just curious if there is anybody else that does this and are there any aesthetic compromises that may result from this minor modification?