Watch and learn how to make a picture frame with diamond inlay banding. In Part 1 of this woodworking series the woodworker demonstrates of to use a mallet and a chisel to create the mortises of the decorative wooden pyramids. This hand tool work takes place at each miter joint of the picture frame. Once the mortises are made, the woodworker will then have a reference points of where the diamond wood inlay banding will begin and finish.
The wooden pyramids are not glued in at this time. They are only set in place temporarily so that the inlay banding can be accurately measured and fit. The inlay bandings are cut at the band saw and a controlled cut is made with the aid of a band saw cross cut sled. Each cut end of the inlay banding is sanded cleanly prior to be glued into place.
Once all the diamond inlay bandings are cut to length, they are then lightly sanded on their sides if need be so that a good, tight fit can be accomplished. White glue is then carefully applied to the underside of the banding and onto the dado. The inlay banding is now pressed into position. Cauls lined with clear, plastic packaging tape are then laid on each banding and tightly clamped until the glue has time to set.
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