how to cut an inlayed star

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Forum topic by chopper6322 posted 01-13-2013 11:28 PM 666 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2013 11:28 PM

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I’m looking to make a texas flag cutting board but cannot figure out how to get the maple star inlayed into the walnut section, i’m looking to do this with hand tools and have tried a few times by tracing a pattern with a marking knife and trying to slowly pair it out but with very sloppy results at best, is there any tips on this or better ways to do it without the router kits?

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 11:58 PM

I do a layout with a marking knife and hog out the field with one of these:

Really easy to work with, very accurate, and quiet!

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 02:02 PM

I would cut a pattern for my router and use a pattern bit to do most of the work. Then trim out the points with a marking knife and chisel. Can also use the pattern bit to make the star, then it will fit perfectly inside the cleaned out section. Also would make the job easier for the next time.

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 02:46 PM

I do a LOT of inlays. I do what is called double bevel inlay. I use a scroll saw but I am sure a coping saw would work also. I stack the two woods and cut the image (star) and the background together at an angle and the star will slide into place like a tapered cork does in a bottle.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 01:04 AM

that double bevel sounds great, i’ll have to give that a shot, thanks

-- "As iron sharpen iron, so one man sharpens another" Proverbs 27:17

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