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Router Inlay Practice - The Compass Rose

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 548 days ago 2898 reads 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using a Router for Wood Inlay

Router Inlay Practice

Question: How would you inlay a 2 inch wide compass rose veneer? It has a thickness of 3/32”.

The techniques demonstrated by the woodworker in this woodworking video are basically just for practice. He is simply testing to develop a strategy for when it becomes time to actually inlay the compass rose veneer. Practicing woodworking in the shop is a great idea. It’s a good way to develop confidence in one’s skills and to develop new techniques. Plus, we all know that it is better to make a mistake while practicing rather than to make an error on the actual woodworking project.

Bonus Video...Compass Rose - Woodworking How to Project
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... Question: How is the compass rose wood inlay made?
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Your questions & comments are welcomed.
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Northwest29

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#1 posted 548 days ago

Greetings Bob – Another well done and informative video, again my thanks for your time and effort. Very cleaver adaptation for using the Foredom tool too. I’m just going to have to make some time for this type of small work.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 547 days ago

Some observations: I think sanding the mating surfaces of the two halves flat (at the 3:51 mark on the video) before attempting to glue em up would of helped with the next glue up. I noticed that they were not seating flat against each other, there was some rocking.

Those were some nice jigs for cutting small pieces and the glue ups look tricky. I don’t think I would of had a better solution.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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shipwright

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#3 posted 547 days ago

To answer the question posed:
1) I would use a scroll-cut pattern and an overhead pin router. I built this one some time ago very quickly and cheaply. It would be much easier and less risky than the method shown in the video.
2) If the base piece was too large I would use an inlay bushing and again a pattern that covered the “good side” of the cut.

The method shown works but it seems to me to be labor intensive and depends solely on a steady hand to protect the “good side”. It would be a shame to ruin the background piece .

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Bob Simmons

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#4 posted 547 days ago

Northwest20…
When you get the time you’ll enjoy it. Thanks for watching.

DouginVA…
It sounds like you are suggesting to let the glue of the two halves dry and then sand them prior to joining them. Actually, all the segment joints lined up pretty well for the finished compass rose.

shipwright…
Obviously, it would be a shame for any woodworker to ruin a background piece. As you well know, that’s the importance of practice and developing a strategy for the woodworking project in advance.

The reason I posed the following question “How would you inlay a 2 inch wide compass rose veneer?” is to share ideas and methods. There’s a variety of ways that the mortise for the wood inlay can be made. For me, the method that I have shared in the video got the job done. Again, it’s only practice. The method that I will use for my finished woodworking project will have evolved from this practice.

Thanks for sharing your pin router technique. It looks like you are able to use it well with templates. Just a bit of hand work with a chisel that would be required to finish off the points of a compass rose.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 547 days ago

Well done interesting video. Thanks for posting these.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Jorge G.

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#6 posted 547 days ago

Thanks Bob, another great video.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 547 days ago

It was fun to watch!

I would make a router template to make the inlay cutting process less nerve raking and clean out the very sharp corners with a chisel. One over cut with the free hand router and start over, get a bigger rose, or filler! It would be my luck that I woul overcut on the very last cut!

I saw David Marks do an inlay in one of his TV episodes when he was still on DIY or PBS! Doing it freehand would make me very nervous but is case it was a one time design and a template would be overkill!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Bob Simmons

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#8 posted 547 days ago

TopomaxSurvivor…
Thanks for the feedback & thanks for your interest.

Jorge G. ...
Thanks for your continued support.

oldnovice…
You bring up some interesting points. The challenge of working freehand is the challenge of staying within the lines. Obviously, there are many ways to create the mortise. Whichever way one decides to create the mortise, it all comes down to skills.
Thanks for watching & commenting.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Jorge G.

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#9 posted 547 days ago

Jorge G. ...
Thanks for your continued support.

Are you kidding? Thank YOU for your continued teaching me how to do things. I wish you had an e mail subscription button so I would get an e mail every time you post a new video, as I have your web site bookmarked.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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Bob Simmons

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#10 posted 547 days ago

Jorge G. ...

That’s a great compliment and much appreciated. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to my YouTube Woodworking channel. That way you can stay current with all the latest videos.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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#11 posted 542 days ago

Another fine collection of videos Bob! Thanks for sharing… Very much enjoyed watching.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Bob Simmons

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#12 posted 542 days ago

Maveric777…
Dan…Always great to see you. Thanks for taking the time to watch the video and share a few words.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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