Picture frame of Cosmati wood inlay design. Learn woodworking methods and techniques for picture frame making. Learn how to inlay a wood inlay banding with wonderful designs of sacred geometry based on a cosmatesque pattern.
Watch the methods and techniques employed by the woodworker to create the wood inlay banding in the workshop. Band saw sleds are used to create uniform segments for the inlay banding. White glue is used for its slow setting capabilities and the fact that it dries clear. Watch how the woodworker glues and clamps the wood inlay banding log.
Thin strips of 3/32” decorative inlay banding are ripped on the bandsaw while using a Rockler thin rip table saw jig. These veneers will be arranged to form a matching pattern at the miter joints once the picture frame is made using the table saw miter sled. A dado set is used to cut the dado on the table saw. The ploughed dado will house the inlay banding.
A dedicated miter sled for the table saw is used to cut perfect miter joints. Ulmia spring clamps secure the miter joints during gluing.
Spline miter joints of walnut accent the cherry picture frame. A flat toothed dado blade cuts the slot for the spline on the table saw. A spline miter jig along with spring clamps secure the picture frame during the operation.
Chisels are used to clean up any glue squeeze out. Notice how blue painters tape is used to protect the surrounding wood from glue stain at the spline miter joint.
The finish is of sanding sealer and multiple coats of spray lacquer.
The inspiration for the design for the wood inlay banding is taken from a Cosmati marble pavement in a medieval church in Rome, Italy.
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