Creating Wood Inlay Bandings...A Step by Step Process #5: Video...How to make Barber Pole Banding

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 02-08-2011 08:02 PM 3120 reads 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Watch and learn the techniques of how to make one of the classic designs of wood inlay…The barber pole design.

...................Wood Inlay Banding...How to Make Barber Pole Banding


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#1 posted 02-09-2011 05:34 AM

Skarp…Thanks! The first time I ran a board through my open drum sander I realized a huge difference. It’s definitely a game changer. Let me know how it works for you when the time comes. You’ll without a doubt love what it can do for you.

You’re making me laugh at myself. Now that I think of it I must look pretty funny brushing glue over a large surface with a 1/2” flux brush. That’s sorta like digging a pool with a spoon. Good ideas with the basting brush and the silicone spatulas. I like it.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 05:38 AM

thanks for the posting the vid

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 05:51 AM

bigike…Welcome! Thanks for taking a look.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 01:08 PM

another great goodie from you
I was realy long into the vidio before I catch the idea on this design about the how to :-)
and why you did as you did , thank´s

take care

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 03:16 PM

Autumn…Thanks for the acknowledgement. There is very little information available on the dieing art of making wood inlay bandings. Hopefully, the video brings about more awareness of its beauty and place in woodworking.

Dennis…In this video you had to trust me a little even though a little clue of the final results were shown at the beginning. (However, I felt it was important information for anyone who may desire to create wood inlay banding to understand.) Thanks for hanging in there to capture and understand the significance of the how to. Hope you enjoyed it!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 03:38 PM

Good stuff Bob! You make it look so easy….lol

I got to admit I was watching the video wishing I had a drum sander and a band saw with enough power to resaw stock like yours (I have to start on the table saw then finish the cut on the bandsaw… Then plane out the rough). Although I’m pretty confident I can pull this off…. I will just have to go the longer way around to get to the same point.

Thanks for sharing Bob!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 05:07 PM

yes,thnx for the video. that is a bit of work, but, very nice results. and yup, Dan, I think we could all use one o them thar drum-sanders. :) it would sure be a nice addition to any shop

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 06:15 PM


You can pull this off for sure. For me it was just a matter of wrapping my head around the banding pattern and isolating the cutting of the components. The woodworking is the easy part. It’s a bit like working a puzzle.

Yep…the drum sander is a thing of beauty. Plus, I’ve really grown to love the band saw and resawing for veneers.

If you have watched my earlier videos of wood inlay bandings you will notice that I worked with smaller banding packages (or logs). Perhaps this is a route to go with a lesser powered bandsaw.

However, many paths lead to the same destination.
Always welcome!

Roger…Thanks for taking a look! I may have to do a write up on the drum sander. It’s made a believer outta me. It works like a charm. (Keep in mind…it is a necessity to have a form of dust collection to go with the sander.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 09:52 PM

August…Great to see you! Hoped you enjoyed the tutorial. Let’s get the 3 phase cranked up and running! There’s woodworking to be done.

”Timberwolf band saw blade…3/8 4tpi from PS Wood Machines. I just placed the blade on prior to this project and the blade cuts very well. The online service was as hoped for also. I have used these blade previously and have had good luck with them.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#10 posted 02-11-2011 12:40 PM

great video
thanks for posting

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 03:04 PM

Steli…Much appreciated. Thanks for checking it out.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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