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Let's Make Bandings of Wood Inlay #2: Making Wood Inlay on the Bandsaw

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 11-25-2010 07:18 PM 4850 reads 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When a woodworker searches the web to learn how to make wood inlay bandings there is little information to be found. In fact there seems to be very little information about how the masters of wood inlay created the wonderful patterns that are sometimes seen on museum quality furniture. However, there are some patterns of wood inlay from the Buffard Freres that offer a glimpse into the world of classic wood inlay from Paris. After studying these inlay designs the urge hit me to figure out how to could duplicate some of these patterns. What I am learning of this “lost art” I will attempt to share with those interested.

Learn more about …Making Wood Inlay on the Bandsaw.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 11-25-2010 08:12 PM

Very GOOD, Bob!

Have a good Thanksgiving!

Thank you!

-- 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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#2 posted 11-25-2010 08:18 PM

Joe…As always…Thank you very much!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 02:38 AM

ceep let them come
you doing good

take care
Dennis

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 11:48 PM

Dennis…Thank you for your support!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 03:14 PM

Bob you make these seemingly complicated banding’s look simple. I am really looking forward to the day I get to give them a go. Looks like it will be after Christmas before I do, but definitely on the list…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 11-27-2010 11:57 PM

Maveric777…Thanks! Hopefully, the explanation of these bandings comes across clearly so that it can be easily understood. Once you get involved with wood inlay bandings you’ll be glad you did.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 01:52 AM

I am working on my First set of banding… just like this one except I just have two in the middle of Black walnut & maple.

I made the sled for the bandsaw… works like a charm.

Set the stop for a 1/2” cut and cut-up all the B & W short segments…

Just about wore my arm out sanding those lil buggers! Got my Vac a little too close during a interim cleanup & sucked some of the pieces into the shop vac Dust Deputy… turned it off as soon as it happened… had to get them out of the hose! More fun.

To day, I glued-up the final sandwich… drying now… will get to it tomorrow.

I have 4 layers each about 1/8” to get band width of about 1/2”... It’s amazing how many total of inches of banding you can get out of just one sandwich 2” x 17” (or so)! I’m going to cut 1/16” strips for the final inlay.

This is FUN!

Thank you, Bob, for your wonderful instructions!

-- 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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#8 posted 12-06-2010 06:03 AM

Joe…Great job! Sounds like you’re enjoying the process. The bandsaw crosscut sled makes it possible to work with small pieces like this…however, be careful of the Vac as it can quickly eat the segments.
Tip…try to make your dado as close to the width of the banding as possible. Obviously, it is better to be a bit undersized with the dado than oversized. When the dado and the banding width are the same it makes the wood inlay installation a breeze as you will find out.

When you cut miters for the wood inlay you might want to give the bandsaw miter sled a try. It works like a charm and makes the process quicker and easier than doing it by hand. Plus it is very accurate.

A sandwich of 2” x 17” makes for quite a few bandings. Keep going Joe…we will get into creating more banding patterns before long.

Always welcome!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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