This is a project from a Fine Woodworking article. Sept/Oct 2009 #207, page 70 by Garrett Hack. I am learning how to do inlay. So far I have found that sharp tools are a must. Good light with a magnifying glass are necessary for my relatively old eyes. This is small detail work. I started with a drawing to determine dimensions for an inlay on the top face of a table leg.After I was happy with the drawing, I carefully laid out the dimensions and cut the recess 1/8” deep. Most of the...
I purchased this blank at Metro Hardwoods in KC for about 38$. I cut it in half against the grain and turned each piece. The inside corner of the wood had a place where the bark had curled around and wrapped itself inside the wood, so when I turned the bowl there was a rather large void which carried through the piece. I taped the outside up good and used black sand and thin CA to fill. I laid copper dust in on top of that and sanded. This was done three times until it got to level. The ou...
I gave up on finishing this checkerboard project in time for Christmas, and then I was out of commission with a bad chest cold for another three weeks. Once I was back to 100%, I got to work finishing my White Oak Bookcase project. Now it’s time I got this one back on track. The last thing I had done on this project was to glue up all the squares for the top. I did half of the board at a time and then used my biscuit joiner to join the two sections together. I put in some time ...
Progress on the stump is going well. For the past week, every evening rather than working out in the cold shop, I have had a comfortable seat on the couch inlaying turquoise and copper. At first I only planned on doing a few inlays, but as the cold weather continued, so did my inlays. This project should be pretty awesome when I’m all done!! My uncle made me a really handy stone crushing tool that takes the mess out of smashing up turquoise into small pieces and dust. ...
Shop Made Wood Inlay Banding – 45 Degrees Diamonds. Watch how to assemble and glue the maple and walnut segments together to form a decorative wood inlay banding. The diamond pattern is of 45 degrees. All the wood segments have been accurately and uniformly cut on the band saw with the aid of a few specialized band saw sleds. In this woodworking video you’ll see the woodworking methods that the woodworker uses to produce a nice, tight pattern for the banding “log̶...
Learn how to make a Cosmati design for wood inlay banding. Discover how to inlay a wood inlay banding to customize your fine woodworking projects that you make in the workshop. The Cosmati or Cosmatesque design for this inlay banding derives from one of the beautiful patterns of marble inlay that are in many of the churches of Rome, Italy. There were four generations of the Cosmati family that were marble setters during the middle ages. This family of craftsmen produced outstanding wo...
Woodworking how to make sacred geometry designs. Learn how to make a wood inlay design…The Star. The design for this 6 pointed star & hexagon comes from a medievil church in the Trastevere district of Rome, Italy. This design is part of the beautiful marble floor pattern of the church. The wood veneer sheets are comprised of diamond shapes and triangles. Maple, walnut, and cherry are the hardwoods cut in order to make this cosmatesque pattern. The angles for the wood inlay de...
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware sent me over some Vertex Satin Nickel Solid extruded hardware to try out in this weeks Inlay Jewelry box video. I made the jewelry box from Walnut and it features some Pecan and Mahogany inlay. The box has 3 drawers plus the main compartment under the lid. Here is a look at the box along with the videos of the build.
Here is my process for cutting the inlay shown on Glen Huey’s mirror frame. First I used a 2-1/8” forstner bit to cut a hole for the template. The template is made from 1/4” mdf core plywood, and a couple 2” wide strips of mdf on the underside. The underside of the jig is shown here. The mdf strips trap the 3-1/2” workpiece, and center the hole. My walnut stock was less than 3-1/2” wide, so I wedged it in place. Here is the jig and the route...
The base has been assembled now for about a week. But what’s taken time has been new discussion on the finish. After long planning to do an Arm-R-Seal or similar, my wife decided she wanted to keep the wood as light as possible. Since the oil would take it to an amber color, that meant either shellac, lacquer or water-borne acrylic/polyurethane. After some samples were compared, we decided to go with General Finishes’ High Performance. It seemed to keep the closest c...
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