I just got back from the Baltimore (Timonium) Wood Show, and as I was walking down the last aisle after visiting with LJ member Chuck Bender. I noticed this gentleman sitting on a stool doing some strange things with wood.
His name is Geoffrey Noden. Geoffrey in the man that has his name on the Noden AdjustABench It was in his booth that his wife was looking after the Adjust a bench and he was sitting at a stool in front of this tool.
What this tool does is cut patterns in wood are then assembled as an inlay into solid wood.
The patters are a strip of wood that he cuts on a jig saw with random cuts or in a pattern, what ever you might want.
He takes double edge razor blades that he buys at a drug store, and glues them between the two pieces of wood. (The wood is a little thinner than the blade is wide) So one sharp edge is sticking up. He clamps it to bend the blades to the shape that he has cut in the wood. In this example he might have six or seven different patterns.
They are then cut so you have some wood on each end of the blade,
He has one of the patters mounted in his tool and his fingers are on top of the pattern block.
He is pressing it down to cut his veneer which is end grain cut from regular stock. He likes cherry pieces that he put in a black dye (steel wool and vinagar) to get his jet black pieces.
In this picture, the piece on the right is his stop block that controls the width of the piece that he will cut. The blank is on the left.
The pieces that he cuts are assembled in the order of the design that he is trying to creat.
The tool is not yet on the market. He was hoping for last week so he could have them for sale. But he plans to be at a few of the wood shows.
If you want some additional info when it becomes available send him an e-mail at geoffrey at adjustabench.com. I changed the presentation so it will not be picted up by spammers.
He hasn’t set a price yet. I gave him a couple of suggestions that would be helpful.
The teeth around the circle are at 5 deg increments and I thought a little gauge that fit in a groove and could give you a 1 deg adjustment could be handy. That way if you made a pattern and you needed to duplicate it you could have a chance. But the placement of the cutter in the tool is also a variable and the direction of the cutter gives you a completley different output.
His veneer is end grain and about 1/16 of an inch thick. he cuts the groove with a dado blade, but he has some circle patterns so I assume that they were done with a router.
He made a chair for a customer that had a circle inlay pattern in the back. The customer wanted him to make 16 chairs so he had to find a way to do that. This tool is what he developed.
He is now trying to make some money with it, while he is trying to sell his benches.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia email@example.com †