Cosmatesque #2: Cosmati Wood Inlay Banding - Part 2

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 12-13-2012 07:11 PM 2385 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Cosmati wood inlay banding is glued up in part 2 of this YouTube woodworking video. Watch how the wood segments are fit together to form the wood inlay banding log.

See how the decorative pattern of the Cosmati design comes to life in this episode. You will see the woodworking method for gluing and clamping as demonstrated by the woodworker. Cauls with applied packing tape are used to distribute even clamping pressure to all glued segments. The clear packing tape protects the cauls from being glued to the banding log.

Just in case you missed it…here is Cosmati Wood Inlay Banding – Part 1.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 09:58 PM

Looks GOOD!

I’ll have to try this one someday… when I have the time…

I haven’t done anymore of this stuff since the molding I made for the Cribbage Boards…

Thank you for all of your research & brain work…

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 12:00 AM

You have the patience of many, many men my friend.

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

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 03:36 PM

Another excellent video series.

What type of glue are you using. Looks like standard white glue. I’ve done a few of your less complex inlays and struggle with getting every thing glued before it sets, using titebond II. I have been very happy with the results. I’m finishing a few frames this weekend and love the inlay detail.

I will be laying down a new solid wood floor soon and think this Cosmatesque design, as a border around the floor perimeter would look sharp. Would it be better to cut the inlay the same thickness as the floor, or laminate to a ply substrate? I know I will have other wood movement issues to resolve with the rest of the floor but I’m curious about your take.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 04:24 PM


You’re very welcome. Thanks for watching.


Yes, patience is a key ingredient to making wood inlay banding. No patience, no wood inlay banding.


Yes, I use standard white glue. White glue allows more time for the assembly and it is very strong for this woodworking operation. I suggest you give it a try.

Disclaimer…I am not a flooring expert. However, with that said….here’s my 2 cents worth.

My initial thoughts are to:
1.) Laminate the inlay border to a ply substrate. If the hardwood floor is to be sanded prior to the finish, make the inlay height the same as the hardwood flooring before it is sanded.

2.) If the hardwood floor is pre-finished, that’s a different story. I would lay the wood inlay border & then sand it down to the floor surface.

3.) One would have to study what type of glue to use in the case of a wood inlay border for hardwood flooring. Definitely, the flooring would need some type of sealer as a protective finish in order to protect against moisture..

Previously, I have given some thought to these wood inlay bandings being used as borders for hardwood floors. More than likely, I would select the table saw as the tool of choice over the band saw since the wood segments would be larger.

Hope this helps you.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#5 posted 12-15-2012 12:23 AM

Thank you for your thoughts. We are settled on black cherry, unfinished t&g and will be using a sealer followed by a top coat. I’ll be doing a lot of sanding.

I’ll have to go get some white glue.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 12-15-2012 01:24 PM


You’re welcome. Black cherry will look great. Excellent choice! I hope you’ll post some pictures of the project. Surely, the sanding will be worth the effort.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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