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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