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Swirl Inlay Using Table Saw Jig

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Blog entry by Kerux posted 2297 days ago 5482 reads 26 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a tutorial on the “Swirl” inlay that I use, but with a twist, this time I made a little jig for the table saw.

As you can see it is a small simple sled. I then took the sled and marked a line of what I thought would be a good angle for most pen blanks. I don’t know what the exact angle is… I just eye balled it. It is more than 45 degree’s of that I’m sure of.

I measure up the blank as seen here so that a little less than half the blank is covered for the cutting. (The blank is pre-cut for length for the pen kit I’m using. In this case and Atlas/Polaris/Patriot.)

I then use a couple of clamps. One for a stop block so that I get the same cut on all sides of the blank and the other to hold the blank in place while being cut.

I use my fence for pushing the sled up against. All I need to do is line up my original cut on the sled. Now just push forward until the blank is cut all the way through. Pull back, rotate the blank and repeat. And this is done until the blank has the cut on all four sides.

Normally I cut a piece of constrasting wood for the inlay and then plane it down. This time I just took some stir sticks, they fit just fine so I went for it. (The only problem was the Paduak faded into the inlay when sanded.)

To glue the inlay in place I used Thick CA then spritzed on some accelerator. And I got this little creature afterwards.

This is what the final blank looks like after cutting off the extra’s and sanding down on the disc sander.

Now, just treat it as you would any other blank that you’ve prepped for a pen. Like I mentioned previously, I used an Atlas/Polaris/Patriot kit. And here it is as it was getting rounded on the lathe.

After shaping, sanding and putting on a CA finish. This is my final product:

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SPalm

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#1 posted 2297 days ago

That is darn right clever. Thanks for showing.

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#2 posted 2297 days ago

Kerux,

So that is how you make an inlay pen!!! I have seen you post these but never really understood the process. Thanks for the tutorial. I have learned something new today.

Your instructions were concise and to the point and the photos added clarity to the process.

Thank you. I really appreciate it.

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#3 posted 2297 days ago

Wow! It is so simple when there are pictures to explain it. Thanks, that really helps.

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#4 posted 2297 days ago

Thanks for posting this. I’ve got a Laguna lathe that I’m anxiously awaiting for delivery on and this looks like a great project to try it out on.

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#5 posted 2297 days ago

That is really cool…

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#6 posted 2297 days ago

you saved me a lot of beating my head against the wall. – and I just got some atlas kits too!
Thanks for this how-to!

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#7 posted 2297 days ago

Thanks. I’m going to put that in my favorites.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#8 posted 2297 days ago

Kerux, Simply amazing, and what a great idea. I’m wondering how that technique would work for End Stand Table Legs. Whats your thoughts on it. Very impressive how you’ve utilized the Sled, your saw blade looks familiar. It wouldn’t be a Diablo would it? I look forward for some more of your teaching, I’m one person that agree’s, Never too old to learn, John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#9 posted 2297 days ago

Pappy,

On trying it on something else, never know until you try. I’m going to try it out on a ‘french Rolling pen’ and one of the coffee mug insulator thingys.

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#10 posted 2297 days ago

The education on this site never ends. This is another one for the favorites list.

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#11 posted 2297 days ago

COOL!!!!!!

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#12 posted 2297 days ago

That is so cool. Thanks. I am going to try that

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#13 posted 2295 days ago

Thanks again everyone. I’m going to attempt to work this inlay into a French rollling pen tomorrow. Cherry with a Maple Swirl.

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#14 posted 2294 days ago

Craaaaaaazy cool, man.

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#15 posted 2279 days ago

Cool! Thanks for sharing! Added to my Favorites.

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