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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 880 days ago 1001 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I started the next box and discovered this technique for doing the inlay that saves me material and time. I’m sure this is no new trick, but it is new to me.

I used my router table to cut 1/4” wide by 1/8” deep inlay slots on the top and bottom of the two pieces of cherry. I used my drum sander to get the inlay to the exact size I needed for this slot.

If you ever wondered if a drum sander is for you, just get one! I got a Jet 10-20 about 3 years ago and it was best addition at that time.

Anyway, I made a piece of padauk inlay that was 1/4” wide by about 3/4” thick. I took that and sandwiched it between the two boards where I wanted the inlay. This left a 1/2” gap between the two boards.

After the glue dried, I used the table saw to cut the two boards apart (see first picture)

I then took there to the drum sander and sanded them down to just below the surface of the boards (picture two)

(I repeated the whole process for a piece of walnut inlay.)

thanks for looking and I’ll post more later.

C

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""



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SugarbeatCo

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#1 posted 880 days ago

Thanks for posting, even though some of the more experienced guys might not find these little tricks useful, us newbs do. Looking great!

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 880 days ago

Looking good!

Looking forward to seeing the rest!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 880 days ago

Good tip Chris. I have that same drum sander and have never been able to get the feed belt to track straight for longer than 2 minutes before requiring more fiddling. I think I’ve tried everything. Have you had this problem?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Chris Cook

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#4 posted 880 days ago

@gfadvm: The drum sander was my third Jet tool purchase in an 18 month period and I found that I do not like Jet tools. Quality issues and poor support being the reason.

I do not have the tracking issue you mention. Did yours come with the tracking alignment guides (image one)? they are small, grooved, white blocks that go under the track feed. It looks to me that these were afterthoughts by Jet to fix that problem. If you don’t have these, I’ll send you pictures, etc. They should be easy to make.

On a similar note, the main screw that lowers/raises the drum stripped out on me after 18 months. Jet put me through the hoops on this and I finally just fabricated a fix for it myself. Keep and eye on yours. I don’t know what can be done as it is aluminum and prone to be weak.

Let me know if I can help.

C

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 880 days ago

Yeah Chris, Mine has those cheesy little guide blocks with magnets on them. They are really good for riding forward and then ripping the belt edge when it wanders to the side! Jet sent me a new feed belt 3 years ago which “will fix the tracking problem”. NOT! I love it at times and hate it most of the time. The 18/36 Craftsman a friend sold me is a MUCH better tool. The worst is that I paid $800 for the 10/20 at Woodcraft and they wouldn’t take it back when I decided the tracking issue was a deal breaker. Oh well, live and learn.I wish you hadn’t told me about the screw failure. I’m holding my breath on that one as I don’t see an easy fix there. You’re pretty clever with those yellow arrow thingys. That’s WAY above my skill level.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Chris Cook

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#6 posted 879 days ago

If it happens to your sander, let me know. I can send you a fix. It’s basically a nut with a steel block shell around it.

Yellow arrows are my best work. The mitres always work out!

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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Chris Cook

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#7 posted 879 days ago

So, I decided I want to go with walnut for the top of this box and selected two [mismatch] pieces of re-sawn walnut I had already processed. I joined these togther and ran them through the sander again.

Here’s an idea of where I am headed

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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Chris Cook

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#8 posted 878 days ago

So the next phase of cutting boards down to size and then cutting the mitres. I did the motres with a newly made mitre jig using my tablesaw blade at 45 degrees

With this new saw and my Wixey angle guage, I took the time to get the blade at just the exact angle.

I put these pieces together with masking tape for a test fit.

and then trimmed down the walnut piece to fit for the top.

-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 878 days ago

You’re getting there!

Still Looking GOOD!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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