first time attempting wrap-around inlay - end grain question

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Forum topic by Randy_ATX posted 09-18-2012 01:36 AM 1085 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2012 01:36 AM

I am making a walnut frame for a mirror. I’m going to run two bands of hard maple down the face on the longer lengths and then join both runs to the adjacent side after hitting the corner of the mirror. Hopefully the two photos will make it clear. I ripped pair of clean lines with my new Rigid 4512 (that will be another post as man am I in heaven compared to what I used to limp along with before) but now I need to figure out how best to run the needed slots along the end grain (again photo should explain better than I can). The 2 longer boards are almost 60” long so holding them vertically on either the router table or table saw I don’t think would be a good solution. I am limited with the tools and jigs I currently have. Thanks for any suggestions or feedback.


-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#1 posted 09-18-2012 01:47 AM

You don’t mention the width of the slots. How about using a slot cutter in the router table to cut the slots? This way you could run the boards horizontal instead of vertical. You may have to make multiple passes to get the slot width correct.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 09-18-2012 01:50 AM

I would use a slot cutter bit on a route- one with a bearing on it. You would have to ahfe the right thickness to match the slots you have. Hopefully you can find a thinner one and then make it in two cuts to match the thickness of the long ones exactly.

Is you plan to end them at the other slots or go all the way to the outside of the end grain. If that is the case, you would have to stop the slot cutter and find a way to cut the rest our manually.

I had to do some end cuts in some 85” bed rails and I hung them over my deck and clamped them in place and then made a sort of table around the end with a fence screwed on and used my router to cut the detail square to the end. You might want to try that with this using a 1/8” bit and a table made to fit flush to the end with the long rail hanging over something. I’ll bet that would work easier than you think!!

Good luck, Randy….........................Jim


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-18-2012 02:18 AM

Thanks guys. I don’t know why I didn’t think of a slot cutter, but that is why I posted to this community. That is the answer I need. Jim, I plan on stopping before the end and then going at a right angle to match into the other slots. I will follow up with a photo when done. I only seem to get a few hours of woodworking per week in so it might be a week or so!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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