Tool Tip #10: Inlay onlay with the Inlay Kit

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-17-2014 09:49 PM 1588 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This blog is based on using the Inlay Kit of which has been the subject of many reviews so I will not be going into any detailed description of the kit here, just its application a littile out of its intended design.

I was cleaning up and found a short piece of Camphor Laurel timber with a knot hole in it, pretty usless I thought and was going to dump it.

I didnt have much to do this day so put it on the table saw. It was there I noticed it had a massive twist in it also rendering it almost certainly rubbish.

I thought I would see if I could remove the twist as an experiment, no loss iif it didnt work it was off to the bin anyway..

First up I cut off the worst part of the twist and ran the remainder through the table saw to return it to parallel.

Not content with that result I decided to cut the twisted section down and make a medalion to cover the knot hole.

I made a template jig to match the medalion,and then centered it over the knot hole.

Next I used the Inlay kit to route out the base material
Here is the setup with the collar fitted.

If you have one of these kits and wonder where the sipral bit is, well it broke early in the piece when I let the trimmer chatter. A replacement bit was more them a complete kit, so I sourced alternatives, bought four for the price of one.

Be aware they are very easy to break.

Here is the base material routed out

With that done I replaced the medalion in the jig removed the collar and routed the medalion.

Applied a 45 deg chamfer applied some glue and fitted it up.

View No 1

View No 2

View no 3

I was so impressed with the result I did another one just to see if i had fluked it.

View No 4

After a sand.

And after a coat of Orange Oil

A fitting annotation.

Conclusion: The Inlay Kit can be used to do medalion work quite sucessfully.
Just ensure you orient the timber grain to 90 deg from the base or any angle to suit I guess!

Use: Well it will go back on the shelf and reappear as a box top possibly, I liked the double diamond pattern , I guess because it reminded me of our MZ Force badge.


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-18-2014 07:45 AM

Great save Robert and a new weapon in your salvage arsenal.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-18-2014 12:22 PM

nice work.

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