Cosmatesque #1: Cosmati Design - Wood Inlay Banding

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 12-07-2012 11:17 PM 5258 reads 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Learn how to make a Cosmati design for wood inlay banding. Discover how to inlay a wood inlay banding to customize your fine woodworking projects that you make in the workshop.

The Cosmati or Cosmatesque design for this inlay banding derives from one of the beautiful patterns of marble inlay that are in many of the churches of Rome, Italy. There were four generations of the Cosmati family that were marble setters during the middle ages. This family of craftsmen produced outstanding works of architectural ornamentation that is still very evident today.

The hardwoods used to produce this wood inlay pattern are maple, walnut, cherry, and mahogany. This YouTube video clip (Part 1) shows how to cut the segments on the band saw while using a 45 degree cross cut sled and a clamped stop block. The woodworker demonstrates how to glue up the segments accurately while using simple forms and a clamp. These woodworking methods and the band saw sleds for creating wood inlay bandings in the workshop are original ideas conceived by The Apprentice and The Journeyman.

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 11:54 PM

Love your work Bob.
And thank you for sharing your talent.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 12-08-2012 06:00 AM

COOL work!

The most complicated banding yet!

Thank you.

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

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 06:34 PM


Thank you for the acknowledgement and approval. The goal is to freely share quality woodworking skills with appreciative woodworkers like yourself. If you find something of value within these videos, please feel free to share with other appreciative woodworkers who want to learn as well. Thanks in advance.


Yes, the Cosmati banding is the most complex and challenging wood inlay banding filmed to date. Yet, it is the most rewarding.

Look for more in the future. Thanks again for watching!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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