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Forum topic by JJackson posted 09-16-2009 08:02 PM 2818 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 08:02 PM

Hey all,

I have a customer who wants me to inlay the shamrock of Notre Dame into a piece of furniture I am making. I do not own a scroll saw, so I was wondering how one might go about doing this? Anybody have any advise for me?



-- Jeff, Indiana

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 08:07 PM

Depending on the size of the Shamrock, you could use a router inlay bushing/bit. The only problem might be getting the piece that will become the “inlay” cut free from the stock. Maybe resawing on a bandsaw?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 08:09 PM

i bought a inlay router bit and made a base for mine to make a heart inlay

-- Got Wood?

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 08:59 PM

On a test board, lay out your pattern and go over it with a sharp knife then use a small router bit and hog out the center ease upto the sides of your pattern not to tought the out line. use a small chislel for that. The hog out should;nt be more than 1/4” deep. then cut out your pattern a little bigger than the hog out a file it to fit. I hope this helps.

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#4 posted 09-17-2009 01:29 AM

When you get to the line, a few degreees of taper on the inlay and the hole it goes into is a lot easier to get a good fit that perfectly perpendicular sides.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 01:32 AM

I cut the inlay for my guitar tuner head with a chisel… it took a while, but I didn’t have a router bit that was smaller than 3/32 wide LOL

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 09-17-2009 01:34 AM

I’d cut a template out of hardboard with a bandsaw, jigsaw, coping saw, what every you have. Use double sided tape to place the template on your work piece and then use the inlay router bit that Joe Watson recommended up above. Should be pretty easy. Make a couple test cuts on some plywood scraps or something…

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 02:02 AM

First it would help to know how large the inlay will be. For smaller ones, say up to 6” or so the router inlay guide bushing method works perfectly. Make your pattern in 1/4” hard board and follow the instructions that come with the bushing kit. Most of the woodworking catalogs have it. Check this one out.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 09-17-2009 02:14 AM

This is a great set made by Whiteside. You’ll have to cut out the template, to use…but that shouldn’t be too hard using a jig saw, etc.

-- Billy, Jacksonville

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