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Forum topic by patcollins posted 08-19-2011 12:38 AM 4002 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2011 12:38 AM

Anyone know of any software that allows you to draw up what you want your inlay to look like and it create the drawing of the template?

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#1 posted 08-19-2011 01:44 AM

Do you mean a program that would allow for the width of the bit?

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#2 posted 08-19-2011 02:05 AM

Yes, it also has to take in account the radius of the bushing with the outer ring on it.

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#3 posted 08-19-2011 03:56 AM

Pat check out this product. It is a software program for making laminations designs that could be used for making in lay. They have a 30 day trial offer you can get at no cost and play with for making some designs. I tried the 30 trial and liked it a lot. If you go to the Inca site they show some cutting boards they make with this program as well. That’s the beauty of it as in it can be used for solid wood or veneers or solid wood cut in to veneer for inlay.

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 01:37 PM

I use 2D design. Techsoft. I draw the shape and add a CONTOUR LINE either on the inside or outside of the line to suit the bit. Generally an 1/8” or 1/4” solid carbide upcut. Or you can run a washer around the solid pattern with a pencil on the inside hole. The correct choice washer/guide bush combo will get you where you want. Or photocopy and add 105%.

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 02:15 PM

SketchUp has the tools to do it and it’s a free program.

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 02:18 PM

Turbocad should be able to do that.

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