Butterfly Inlay Template, question?

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Forum topic by LonelyRaven posted 03-20-2009 04:50 PM 8315 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2009 04:50 PM

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Howdy all,

I’m thinking about buying or making a butterfly inlay template, like this one:

Butterfly  Inlay Template

I’ve never done inlays before…what’s the best way to make the wood inlay itself, and make it as tight as possible to the cutout?

I’m thinking of making a small bench for the entryway of my house, and I’m planning on using my Kehoe jig for the corners, and though it would be neat to echo those dovetail splines with butterfly inlays at the seams in the wood that will form the seat of the bench.

How is this typically done?

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#1 posted 03-20-2009 05:25 PM

All you need is an inlay set for your router, like this:,43000,51208

Here are instructions:

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#2 posted 03-21-2009 12:50 AM

LR – I used a template and Freud Inlay kit much like what Charlie described. It’s really pretty simple, even for a first timer…Shop Fox, Woodcraft, Rockler, Hartville…several places sell them.

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#3 posted 03-21-2009 04:42 AM

Ahhh, that makes so much sense now. I see that because of the spacing, I should pick a pattern just slightly bigger then I visualize, because of the waste from the bits cutting.

OK, I got it now…thanks! Looks like I’ll be shopping for an inlay kit to match up to my Bosch router!

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