Custom Knife Blocks #4: So many inlays!!!

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 11-07-2011 11:38 PM 5321 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Each of the knife blocks gets a quarter circle bloodwood inlay on each side where the ends of the side pieces come together. On the prototype I made a jig to use a 2” forstner bit to cut an 1/8” deep recess for the inlay but the client wanted the inlay bigger so I bought a 3” forstner bit for the production blocks. The jig works great and drilling the 1/8” recesses went very well.

Just a matter of loading the side piece into the jig, clamping in place and drilling down to a pre-set depth on the drill press.

When I did the prototype I marked out a circle on the bloodwood , then cut it out on the scrollsaw, then sanded the edges until I got it to fit properly. Very time consuming process. I had to devise a jig to cut 50 inlays exactly the right size in less than a minute each. The jig that I made started out by using the 3” forstner bit to drill a hole through a piece of 1/8” plywood. Glued this to a scrap piece of 3/8” plywood that clamps to the scroll saw table. Cut 3” disc from 3/8 plywood and sand until it rotated smoothly in the 3” hole. Cut a 1/4 circle section from the disc, thin down to about 1/8” and superglue back in place. Add a piece of 60 grit sandpaper to help hold the inlay stock in place, dremal a couple of finger slots—ready to go.

It took a bit of trial and error to get the correct radius but once I got it dialed in, I could cut perfect inlays every time.

Next segment—-more sections to glue up—having fun now!!!

Perfect inlays in less than a minute each. Mission accomplished!!!.

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 11:48 PM

oh yea…fun i should say, there is a lot of work putting these together…you did a great job here…and seeing this blog is way cool…good job mike…and thanks for this blog, i love to see how others do there work…

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 03:54 AM

Looks like you are keeping busy ;)

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 07:38 PM

this is a lot of flip’n work dude..good for you though

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