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Blog entry by TheKingInYellow posted 09-29-2008 03:49 AM 895 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As promised, pictures! I’ll warn you now, I take a lot of them :D

First of all, here I am in my ‘shop’, and I use that term loosely!

You can see basically all the equipment I have: Ridgid saw, Ryobi SCMS and Drill Press and a Mastercraft (Canadian Tire special) Router and Router Table. I’m pretty happy with all the equipment, but the router and table are pretty cheap. They’ll do for now.

So the first big part of this project was the resawing of the Tigerwood. Since I only had the table saw this required a fair bit of reading and planning.

Here is the setup I used:

And a closeup of the ZCI I made, microsplitter jig from Lee Valley, and featherboard also from LV. I used a Dimar thin kerf 24T ripping blade.

Here is a cut in progress:

I did the cuts in roughly 1/2” increments, and eventually ended up with a pile of 1/2” boards:

A planer would have been REALLY helpful here, but I don’t have one. A quick pass with a hand sander took care of most of the imperfections.

The next step was to rip down the Rosewood. The smart thing is probably to use veneer to do the inlay, but I’m not quite ready for that. Instead, I ripped the Rosewood into 1/4” x 1/4” square ‘dowels’ on the same resaw setup. This will be inlaid into a 3/16” deep channel and sanded flush. The ripping went very well at this stage as well:

Now for those of you that want to see just how well this resawing setup worked, here is the offcut from the Rosewood, in DIVX video format:

Yeah, it’s practically veneer :)

Next the Tigerwood boards were routed along the edge with a 45 degree locking miter bit. This will make the main case of the clock nice and clean with no fastener.

And here is the routing for the inlay. This will be on the face and the back of the clock. The round sections will be filled with plugs cut from 1/2” Cherry dowels, and the straight sections will obviously have the Rosewood. Hopefully it will be a nice contrast between the three woods.

And finally, here are the pieces ready to inlay and assemble, along with the cutoffs which I’ll have handy for a future project.

Tomorrow I’ll start cutting, shaping and gluing the inlay!


I filled three kitchen bags with the stuff, just from resawing the Tigerwood!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 04:20 AM

Did you have any issues with control of the cut when using the Lock Mitre bit? It always seems to snatch the piece away from me when I try and use the one I have….

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 04:27 AM

A little bit. I was able to use a featherboard for one side, but yeah it takes the whole face off so you can’t rely on the fence alone.

All in all, on a wood that would be easier to nail, I might be tempted to just do a normal box joint and nail it. Tigerwood needs to be predrilled for all fasteners and I admit I was looking for an easy way to do these joints. It went alright, I’m sure I’ll have a few spots to fill…

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 05:09 AM

You were right, that did make a lot of dust!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 05:13 AM

Yeah. I guess it was about 6’ 2” of 11” board, ripped into 4”, 3” and 2” boards, all then resawn (resawed?) to 1/2”. Even with a 1/10” kerf, that’s a lot of wood to sweep up after.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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