Cutting board inlays

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Forum topic by Tom posted 01-25-2016 01:01 AM 508 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2016 01:01 AM

One of my next cutting board projects I’d like to put an inlay into it. What I cant’ figure out is how to put them in with the curve and not have them break even with a gentle S curve. Do they need to be steamed in some way before I use them? The Youtube videos show how to do it but don’t have the details on the thin strips of wood they use.

I’d be using maple/cherry/walnut as the strips…as much as I’d like some purpleheart it’s way expensive for the little bit I’d want.

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#1 posted 01-25-2016 01:31 AM

Cross-grain veneer strips will flex a little more than straight grain strips. Outside of that, try hot-pipe bending to get the rough curve before cutting the inlay strips to thickness.

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