|Project by Les Hastings||posted 06-27-2010 11:08 PM||6276 views||52 times favorited||20 comments|
I’ve always been fasinated with line & berry inlay work, but never have taken the time to pursue giving it a try. I recently went to a SPFM meeting in Kansas City and that got my interests going once again. I was going to buy the tools from Lee Neilson, but instead I decided to just buy all the blades and make all of them myself.
All of the tools are made out of Macasser Ebony and brass. I made the first radius cutter (the larger one). It cuts radius from 1 7/8” to 8”. After I got it finished I decided that I might need to cut smaller radius than 1 7/8”. And I had so much fun making it I figured I might as well make another one only smaller this time. The smaller size cuts a radius from 1/2” to around 2 1/2”. I’m not sure if it was any cheaper making them over buying, but the fun factor was way up there! Figuring things out, making the wood and brass parts. Seeing things all come together just right and having them work really well, its all part of the fun!
The last piece is the Thicknessing Gauge. Its a pretty simple tool compared to the others. But just as fun to make. A piece of Ebony, 4 brass inserts and screws, some sanding and that’s it.
I still have two more tools to make before I can get started practicing my Line & Berry inlay work. I have them started but I’m waiting on some 5/8” hexagon shaped brass that I ordered for the arms for those two tools to show up. I’ve always enjoyed making tools when I’ve got the time.
I can’t wait to get all of them done and give’m a try! Might have to use them to make a spiecial case to carry all of them in!
Thanks for looking and have fun Woodworking!
-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)