The Joy of Making Wood Inlay Banding

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 568 days ago 2570 reads 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once the “banding log” is completed it’s a great feeling to slice veneers of wood inlay banding on the band saw. This banding log will produce quite a few veneers that will be inlaid into a number of upcoming woodworking projects.

Answers to common questions….The wood inlay banding is sliced to 3/32”. A 1/2” WoodSlicer resaw band saw blade is used when ripping the veneer. The blue jig is a Rockler thin rip jig. (It has a roller bearing.)

The wood inlay pattern is inspired by a design the woodworker saw while visiting a medieval church in Rome, Italy. This design at the church is part of a complex marble floor of beautifully arranged marble segments. The marble style of work is known as Cosmati.

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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#1 posted 568 days ago

Beautiful inlay! I know it takes a lot of patience to glue all of the strips together to make it. (I saw a demo at the woodworking show of a simpler pattern and know that it is a lot of work).

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 568 days ago

Congratulations on your excellent video!

-- António Guerreiro

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#3 posted 568 days ago

Bob… I always love seeing your videos… As usual awesome video!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 568 days ago

Thanks very much. You’re right, it does take some patience to make the “banding log.”That’s why it feels great to be able to rip the log into strips of wood inlay banding. It’s a very rewarding time.

Antonio, as always…thank you for watching and sharing your thoughts.

Dan…thanks for taking a look & commenting. Much appreciated.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#5 posted 568 days ago

very nice banding :-)


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#6 posted 568 days ago

Do you have anything that shows how you made (created) the banding?

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#7 posted 568 days ago

Thanks very much. Give my best to your Mom.

The following videos will show you the complete process of creating this wood inlay banding.

Cosmati Inlay Banding #2 - Part 1 - Making the Core

Cosmati Inlay Banding #2 - Part 2 - Expand the Core

Thanks for your interest.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#8 posted 567 days ago

Thanks Bob. I guess if I wasn’t so lazy, I could have found your clips. Thanks again.

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#9 posted 567 days ago

Bob, Your videos are always very well done and informative. Thanks for taking the time to help others.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 567 days ago

+1 on gfadvm’s comment! You make this artistry looks easy! Thanks again.

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#11 posted 567 days ago

Beautifully done!
Chris Mobley

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#12 posted 567 days ago

No problem. Enjoy the clips.

Your feedback means a lot and is greatly appreciated. Many thanks for your support.

I am glad it came across as looking easy. Trust me, there were a few times while making this banding pattern that I was scratching my head. You’re welcome.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#13 posted 566 days ago

Bob, Thanks for posting your videos. I always look forward to them.

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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