Creating Wood Inlay Bandings...A Step by Step Process #10: Diamond Wood Inlay Banding - 45 Degrees

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 10-30-2012 11:34 PM 2523 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Learn how to make a diamond wood inlay banding. A 45 degree diamond segment is cut on the band saw using a specialized cross cut sled. The triangular segments are cut at a 22-1/2 degree crosscut sled on the bandsaw.

This video is a web & YouTube original for showing how to make diamond inlay banding. This technique for creating the diamond wood inlay banding is an original idea conceived of by The Apprentice and The Journeyman (Bob Simmons) as are the band saw sleds used in the operation.

There is very little information to none available on the web & elsewhere on how to create wood inlay banding in the workshop. The Apprentice and The Journeyman offers this woodworking information freely to other woodworkers in the spirit of sharing. Please do not attempt to profit from this work in any commercial form. If you share this information, please inform the recipient of The Apprentice and The Journeyman as the originator of these methods.

Making wood inlay banding is a lost art. After continually studying the works of the Buffard Freres for a long time, it is my desire to share with other woodworkers what has been learned. It is my goal to simplify the process of creating beautiful inlay bandings so that those that accept the challenge can make their own as well.

The Apprentice and The Journeyman
.....Learn more, Experience more!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 11:52 PM

A diamond in the rough… to it’s finished / refined state!

Good job!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 03:26 AM

I could have used this info three days ago…what’s up with that…LOL….I made a diamond inlay for a jewelry box that I just put the finish on today….It’s not near as nice as the one you show in the video,,,but it’ll have to do now….Thanks for showing how it’s suppose to be done…

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Bob Simmons

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 12:10 PM

Thanks for taking a look.

Timing is everything, isn’t it. Now you will know another method for creating diamond wood inlay banding. Give it a try and see how it works for you. You’re welcome.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 12:14 PM

I like your tutorials Bob. Very ez to follow and direct to the point.

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

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 03:05 PM

what do you do about the small gaps/spaces between the diamonds and triangles?

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 03:21 PM

Another great video. I definitely need to try making some inlay banding. Mike: the few small gaps are only noticeable because we are looking at the banding so closely. Once you inlay the banding into a project with sanding and finish the tiny gaps dissappear. That has been my experience with veneering.

-- Julian

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Bob Simmons

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 03:39 PM


You feedback is important. Thanks! The goal of the video is to simply focus 100% on the woodworker & the woodworking process.


Julian is correct and offers great advice on this matter. Keep in mind…the more we do this, the better our woodworking skills become. The goal is to always keep learning and keep improving.


Much appreciated! I agree with you. You need to give it a shot. Be prepared to fall in love with it.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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