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