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Making a simple inlay

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 05-19-2008 10:03 PM 2041 reads 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the technique I used to make the inlay in the TV Stand that I recently posted.
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First you need to make a little jig like you would for finger/box joints.
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Then make a cut and then move the cut you just made over the piece of wood on your jig.

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Then flip it over, center it between two cuts and do it again
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Then you glue in small pieces of wood into the cuts and then bandsaw cut off the inlays.
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Here you can see two different inlay woods. It all depends on the effect you are going for.
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You can vary the thickness and spacing of the cuts to suit your vision.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX



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#1 posted 05-19-2008 10:15 PM

very smart, thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 05-19-2008 10:17 PM

thanks for sharing Gary!

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 10:23 PM

Tks for sharing Gary….did you also create the zero clearance insert for your table saw?

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/ - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5220040

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 10:28 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#5 posted 05-19-2008 11:38 PM

Thanks for the info Gary.

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#6 posted 05-19-2008 11:58 PM

Cool, way to think up another ingenious idea.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#7 posted 05-20-2008 12:06 AM

Great technique! A bit advanced for me, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

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#8 posted 05-20-2008 01:13 AM

Very clever. Will have to try this one!

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#9 posted 05-20-2008 01:17 AM

How ingenious Gary, you never cease to amaze me. I love it!
Thanks !

Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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#10 posted 05-20-2008 01:27 AM

Gary, this is a great way to make inlays. There are all kinds of possibilities with this technique.

Thanks for sharing this.

Did you use a tablesaw blade with a top flat grind? The fit on the contrasting filler looks real clean.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 05-20-2008 01:51 AM

Martin – I use an ATB blade. After I apply glue I tap the pieces in the slot with a hammer which seem to
flatten any peak created by the cut.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#12 posted 05-20-2008 02:03 AM

Nice job Gary. And great explanation.

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#13 posted 05-20-2008 03:35 AM

Very good… I figured it’d be something simple…

Thank you.

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#14 posted 05-20-2008 03:55 AM

nice posting and the inlay looks really good on you project posting too

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#15 posted 05-20-2008 04:15 AM

How do you perfectly cut those little pieces?

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