How to Make Picture Frames with Wood Inlay

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 12-02-2010 11:27 PM 9269 reads 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Problem…
If you want quality wood inlay …where will you get it? What designs will you get? How much will you pay for it?
The Solution…
We use our woodworking skills and make our own wood inlay in the shop. (We will make our own picture frame moulding too!)

As you seen in previous postings we have been busy creating bandings of shop made wood inlay. There are a variety of wood inlay designs now available for our use at this time. So now we are in the process of creating picture frame moulding that has a dado which will house the wood inlays. The moulding was created on the tablesaw and the router table.

The gallery of pictures reveal the set up for operations on the table saw and for the band saw. (The router table was set up with the fence and featherboards as well.)
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Dial caliper measure thickness of wood inlay banding
Wood Inlay Bandings
Band saw setup for ripping wood inlay bandings
Dado Setup on the tablesaw
Table saw setup with dado blades (side view)
Picture Frame Moulding made in the Woodworking Shop
Wood Inlay Designs for Picture Frames

Read the entire article… How to Make Picture Frames with Wood Inlay

Recommended Video…Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw

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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 12:08 AM

Nice Strips Looks Familiar in Technique except I cut my strips on the tablesaw!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 12:23 AM

Great “how-to”. Thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 02:40 AM

DaddyZ…Like you I sometimes also use a Thin rip Jig to cut thin strips on the table saw. However, for cutting smaller material I feel it is much safer on the bandsaw and there is less waste dur to a narrower blade. Thanks!

Roger…Hope it helps you. You’re always welcome!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 03:31 AM

Another good blog Bob! I use something similar to the Rockler jig on my bandsaw. I’ve been cutting a lot of thin strips lately and I agree about it being much safer. The “less waste” is a good point also. Getting that extra couple of strips per board goes a long way sometimes. Thanks for the post.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 04:33 AM

Chip…You’re right. When a woodworker is able to work safely…it breeds confidence in the process. When a woodworker produces less waste…he is working more efficiently. The extra couple of strips does indeed go a long away. The woodworker feels better and it makes the process all that much more enjoyable. Thanks as well.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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