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Forum topic by DonJ posted 05-18-2009 06:01 AM 1209 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2009 06:01 AM

I want to inlay a cross on top of a jewelery box. I’ve purchased the router inlay kit, but must admit I’ve never done an inlay before. Although it looks pretty straight forward, my question is about the template itself. I would think a cross template would be rather simple to make, but I am scratching my head on this one. My first thought is to cut it out using my jigsaw, but I’m worried about all of the edges not being smooth enough or not being parallel. I’ve thought about glueing strips of wood together with the proper thickness, but that seems like it may be too many steps. So, my question is, is there an easier way to make a cross template? And, I guess, while I’m asking questions, is there any advice for doing the inlay? Thanks a bunch!!

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 06:10 AM

If you saw it with a scroll saw or jig saw you will have to clean it up with a rasp or file before you try inlay with it because it will repeat any defects in your template if your not careful. Try a sample first.

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 04:31 PM

When I make my templates, I’ll cut close with my jig saw, fine tune with my dremel, then sand so i can “feel” any high/flat spots.
If I have any kind of radius to do, I’ll take some left over “peel and stick” floor tile and put my sandpaper on it.
Works great and is CHEAP
When I cut the “plugs” I notice that they were just a hair smaller than the pocket, so I took a spare guide that I had laying around and sanded about .005 off of it.
Perfect fit

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