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sarahss

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922 days ago

I’m trying to learn to use the router inlay kit and want to inlay a bowtie of one species into another species of wood. What is the correct way to orient the grain of the inlaid piece? Should the grain run parallel with the piece receiving the inlay or perpindicular to it?


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saddletramp

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#1 posted 922 days ago

If you are using the bowtie to strenghten a crack or split, then the grain should run perpendicular.

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#2 posted 922 days ago

regardless of how the grain is oriented between the tie and the pieces it is inlayed into it, the grain in the bowtie itself should run long way. (if the tie is oriented like a this >< then the grain should be like this—- and not like this |||) this is so that the bowtie will not break in half and so that it will actually have structural strength to hold things together.

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sarahss

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#3 posted 922 days ago

thanks guys!

Bob—if it is just decorative, does it matter?

Purplev—I see what you mean—that makes sense to me

Hopefully, I’ll get to try it this week or weekend!!

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saddletramp

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#4 posted 922 days ago

Sarah, if it is purely decorative then from a structural standpoint it would make no difference but, the main purpose of a bowtie is to strengthen a crack or split so, even if it is decorative only, I would go perpendicular to give the appearance of structural improvement.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Dave

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#5 posted 921 days ago

It Is basically an inlay-ed dovetail.

I held my bench legs together with them.
They are great for covering inclusions.

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 921 days ago

If it is strictly decorative, grain orientation is not an issue.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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sarahss

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#7 posted 921 days ago

thanks for all the help—hubby has an idea for using them as a decorative element in a skirt for our staircase—should be exciting and I’ll hopefully have something actually finished to post soon…...

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#8 posted 920 days ago

Sarah, Charlie’s right of course. But I think that I’d orient them perpendicular to the grain even though it’s just decorative. It will give the impression that they are structural and are actually doing the job that they were designed to do. (It might seem more authentic, but that’s just me)

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 920 days ago

I agree with tbone.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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