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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