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Forum topic by Nate L. posted 10-21-2014 06:20 AM 1006 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nate L.

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10-21-2014 06:20 AM

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I made an Air Force symbol shadow box over the past month. On the next one I make, I would like to try to inlay the dark pieces on the wings and the star. I have a router inlay kit, but I am trying to figure out how to size everything. I know the inlay kit cuts about .25” or so smaller than the template. Is there an easy way to compensate for this? I have a full size paper template to work off of. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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#1 posted 10-21-2014 06:52 AM

If you have a standard router inlay kit there is a collar with a 1/8” wall thickness that slips over the bushing. Using the same template, the bushing without the collar cuts the inlay, and the bushing and collar together cut the recess for it.

If you have sharp corners, you will have to hand-carve those after routing.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 03:07 PM

I think what you are asking is how to get the line for making the template, which is bigger (or smaller) than the line you want to cut but parallel to it.
If that is correct a vector graphic program will do it for you easily.
I use Inkscape (free) and it has a menu item to “inset” or “outset” a line either in default increments or by dragging a handle.
It works on any path, no matter how complex.
That’s how I would do it now. Back no hen I did router marquetry I just traced with a spacer.

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