Cosmatesque #3: Cosmati Wood Inlay Banding - Part 3

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 12-21-2012 04:35 PM 5709 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Watch how the Cosmati design is applied to wood inlay banding in Part 3 of this woodworking series. All the wooden segments have been cut on the band saw using cross cut sleds made in the workshop. The segments have been glued up to form the inlay banding “log’ and the woodworker is now prepared to joint an edge of the log so that thin strips of 3/32” veneer can be sliced on the band saw.

A Rockler thin rip jig is placed and secured into the band saw miter gauge a distance of 3/32” away from the blade. The material being sliced is always referenced against the roller bearing while the fence is adjusted towards the material and jig prior to each cut being made.

This woodworking method allows for; 1.) The jointed edge of the “log” to always be referenced to the fence. 2.) The distance between the roller bearing and the blade is always constant which allows for dead on uniform slices. 3.) The woodworker only applies a forward direction for the cut since the material is controlled on two sides.

The inspiration for this wood inlay banding pattern is taken from outstanding designs of marble pavement that can be found in the numerous medieval churches in Rome, Italy. The style of marble work is known as cosmatesque and is named after the Cosmati family, The Cosmati family had four generations of marble masons that were commissioned by the Papal States.

Update: This Cosmati wood inlay banding is now inlaid into a cherry picture frame. You can watch the wood inlay process by visiting my woodworking channel.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 05:17 PM

Very COOL, Bob…

Are you going to use it for a Top of something?
... or what?

Sure looks good! (for something!) LOL

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 05:33 PM


Thanks! The Cosmati wood inlay banding has been inlaid into two cherry picture frames that are 16” X 19”. Three 21” strips of the banding remain for future woodworking project.

The entire woodworking process is now completed along with video. It will be shared on Lumberjocks in the near future.

This wood inlay banding would work very well on a Top as you mentioned. It would make for a great border on a table.
Thanks for watching & Happy Holidays!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 05:39 PM

I really appreciate you taking the time to put these videos together. This really makes me consider doing some custom inlays. Very well done!

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 06:07 PM


Likewise…I greatly appreciate you taking an interest and watching these woodworking videos. Before long you will be making your own custom wood inlay bandings to adorn your woodworking projects. You already have a very good understanding of lamination and how to orient wood grain. Creating wood inlay bandings is just an extension of the wood skills you currently have. Enjoy the process!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 07:25 PM

Hello Bob

A very nice job

I ‘m always impressed with the quality of your work

Happy new year and a lot of projects for you ( and us !!!) for 2013

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 07:53 PM


Thank you very much for the acknowledgement and your support. Have a great Holiday Season. Yes…we will have many more projects in 2013. Looking forward to it.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 12:28 PM

just read issue #65 – of the LumberJocks eMag Bob got Video of the Month. Keep up the good work!!!!

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 04:34 PM


That was a nice surprise! Thanks very much for the “heads up” and for the support. Much appreciated.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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