With my straight line cutter complete, I moved on to the slicing gauge. This tool, along with a slicing board (which is really just a board with a lip to hold the inlay material up against) allows you to cut (a ripping action) long thin strips from your inlay sheet stock. This is the first part of making the inlay material itself. Here is my ‘raw materials’ shot. I went with a curly spalted maple body, and a Sipo cutter support bar left over from the previous tool’s offcuts.
Some layout lines, and some cleanly sliced fibers with a Czeck Edge tool, and I’ve begun the hand cut mortise that will hold the crossbar.
I use my widest chisel, registering in the sliced fibers, to lightly relieve the cutlines, which provides a nice solid surface to register the chisel against for mortising actions.
Hogging out the waste is the same process as my previous tool, the Straight Line Cutter. No need to repeat those photos!.
Before I do any further shaping work, this time I think ahead and drill out the hole for the threaded insert and the final hole that the screw of the knurled knob passes through.
With the threaded insert in place, I’m ready to continue.
I drilled out a hole for the 1/4” brass stock (boy, I’m getting a lot of use out of this 1 foot 1/4” brass rod, 3 projects so far, $1.72!) and the hole runs true with the crossbar. I also laid out the brass rub strip. I ran out of 3/4” x 3/32” brass stock, so this time I’m using 1” x 3/32”. I also sent off an order for more of that thin stock. Quite useful, and easily workable.
I did the preliminary brass work, rounding off a nub on the end of the brass rod, and cutting it down to size for the guide bar, as well as doing the cutoff on the flat stock for the rub strip.
I created the rabbet for the rub strip, and did some fine tuning, since I ended up a bit shy of the final depth I was looking for.
I started shaping the body with bandsaw and belt/oss sander.
And we’re looking good!
With cutter in position. I lightly inset the cutter with my little router plane, to help ensure the cutter didn’t move at all.