Precision Inlay Router

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Project by shipwright posted 11-20-2014 04:32 AM 25144 views 49 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago I posted a precision drill I made for drilling very small holes in marquetry packets. In a related forum topic, the idea of using a Dremel style router base came up a couple of times and was one of the inspirations for the little jig that I eventually designed. The thing is that router bases and drills do different jobs and require different fittings.

Once I had the drill I started wondering how to make it work as an inlay router and quickly decided that the best way was to make a separate base to fit the same tool clamp. Now I have a very nice little inlay router and a really nice little drill and the cost to me because I had everything around the shop was nothing. If I had to buy it all it still would have been under $50.

Here’s a little video that I made to illustrate how they work.

That about tells the story.

Thanks for looking .


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 05:13 AM

That is really cool and def would be handy in my shop. Its going on the build list. Thanks for sharing and the video is awesome. Thanks

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 05:26 AM

Paul, nice work as usual. I love the sense of craftsmanship that you give to your jigs and shop-made tools. It may not work on this application, but Home Depot sells compression springs. Small PVC can act as extensions. See here.

The link to your video is not functioning, you may want to check on that. I would like to see it.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 05:28 AM

It works for me Al but I added the text link anyway for those with iPads.
Thanks for the comment.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 05:34 AM

Nifty. Need to add this to my to do list. Really, points out the ups and downs of Marquetry :) or would it be ins and outs?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 06:35 AM

Geeez mate do you ever switch of that brain of yours:) Another great answer for a problem
cheers Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 11-20-2014 06:45 AM

Great idea on both of these Paul. I guess you won’t be selling these tools for $50/pair?
Just kidding . . .

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 11-20-2014 10:24 AM

Nice Paul, When I saw the post of the drill, I started thinking and wondering what the speed range of this little carving motor was, because it would make a nice mini router for inlays, and here it is. You’re a classy guy.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 11-20-2014 12:09 PM

Now that is just darn right clever.
I could see how this would be useful, and how it differs from drilling. Kind of the same, kind of different. Supple yet firm.

Keep it up Paul, this is great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 11-20-2014 12:10 PM


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#10 posted 11-20-2014 01:14 PM

Great device and nice video. Thanks.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#11 posted 11-20-2014 01:46 PM

Another creative and well designed solution. I believe Grit Laskin uses a similar Foredom tool fixture to do his spectacular pearl guitar inlays. So, you’re already in pretty stratospheric company. Nice one, as always.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 11-20-2014 02:09 PM

Paul … very cool. The only thing that would make it better is the addition of a small LED flashlight to illuminate the area around the bit. Other than that, great DIY Tool.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 11-20-2014 02:14 PM

Awesome device! I can see how i might use something like that in my work , gotta make one!

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#14 posted 11-20-2014 02:39 PM

That is a great little tool that allows for good visebility of the bit and cutting area which is always a problem .
A nice and precise shopmade tool !


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 11-20-2014 02:46 PM

Just saw your video. Beautiful tool. Wouldn’t it be cool if that bottom piece of ply was acrylic. Maybe an integral led? Just a thought.

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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