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Creating Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Learn How to Make Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Creating decorative wood inlay bandings Everybody enjoys the way that decorative wood inlay bandings can embellish a woodworking project whether it be a picture frame, jewelry box, or a fine piece of custom made furniture. When a woodworker notices the wood inlay bandings it is only natural for him or her to check out the pattern and to try to figure out how the banding was made. Some woodworkers may ask “Was the inlay banding created on the table saw or the band saw?”

Some of the decorative wood inlay bandings are of rather elegant and simple designs while other ornamental bandings can be quite complex. While there is usually plenty of information regarding woodworking in general, when it comes to making decorative wood inlay bandings, there is very little available to use as a reference. The goal of The Apprentice and The Journeyman is to figure out the processes used by the craftsmen who created decorative wood inlay bandings. It is also the goal of this woodworking blog to share these techniques and banding patterns with to fellow woodworkers.

a Block Plane cleans the decorative wood inlay bandingsInlaid wood has been around for thousands of years. For example, the Egyptians, Chinese, Persians, and other cultures used inlay millenniums ago to embellish their works and today the art of inlay is still around. One might ask the question “If wood inlay has been around for so long, why is it that there is so little information available on how to make decorative wood inlay bandings?

Now, 0ne could say it’s easy enough just to purchase decorative wood inlay bandings for my woodworking projects from an online catalog. That’s true, but why not just make them? One can learn a new skill and also be proud of their own creations.

A pair of decorative wood inlay bandingsThe woodworking video accompanying this post will show you the process  used to create decorative wood inlay bandings of hardwood. Many of the decorative wood inlay bandings are not really difficult to make although they do require a bit of time, planning and patience.  If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to let me know.

Update: Keep in mind that the processes and techniques used for creating decorative wood inlay bandings evolve over time. The choice of power tools used may also change. It is the goal of this woodworker and blogger to share these any and all of these improvements with you in the upcoming posts.)

Watch the following  Wood Inlay Banding Videos:

Creating bandings for wood inlay

How to install Wood Inlay

Learn How to Make Wood Inlay Bandings

Let’s Install Wood Inlay Bandings

Making Wood Inlay on the Bandsaw

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are ready


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Segmented Woodturning – a Fascinating Woodturning Process

Bowl of walnut maple bandsaw technique - Segmented woodturning.

Segmented Woodturning

A few years back while reading a book on wood turning  a style of segmented woodturning caught my eye. Fascinated by the pattern, I was equally if not more intrigued by the technique used to create bowls like the one pictured above. So, I read on and began studying the process which struck me as actually quite creative.

Believe it or not, this segmented woodworking technique starts out with a flat board (planed & parallel) comprised of laminated strips of maple and walnut. The next step requires some layout work and drawing of concentric circles on the board followed by a trip to the band saw. Then the table of the band saw is tilted (in this case…45 degrees) and the layout circles are then carefully cut.

Here’s where is gets interesting. When the cutting of the circles is completed they are now ready to be stacked. There’s an order to the process. Small circles on the bottom followed by the progression of larger circles on top. Of course, these segmented rings need to be glued and aligned as they are stacked. As a result, they take on the shape of the bowl that you see in the segmented woodturning pictured above. From here it’s just a matter of heading to the wood lathe and turning the bowls. Then it’s on to sanding and finishing the segmented woodturning.

Watch Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2


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Segmented Woodturning video of the 9″ x 12″ Vase

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase

Segmented woodturning has taken its hold once again. In this woodturning video we are back at the wood lathe with our turning tools working on a new woodworking project, a segmented vase comprised of 18 rings and 432 segments. You’ll see the segmented woodturning process from the very beginning along with edited clips displaying the various wood gouges chosen to cut and shape this decorative vase of mahogany, cherry, maple, and walnut.

When the actual segmented woodturning is completed we will break out the sandpaper and illustrate the sanding process and prepare for finishing the vase. Initially, Sealcoat shellac sealer is used on the vase (inside and out). Once the sanding sealer has dried it is then time for a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper. Next the dust is removed and we are ready for an application of Arm-R-Seal satin finish. Numerous applications of the wipe on satin finish are applied to the  vase once it is completely prepared.

(Note: all segmented wood has been glued with the same grain direction to allow for wood movement.)

Segmented Vase 9 x 12 Mahogany, cherry, walnut, maple - Segmented woodturning

Watch more Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2


The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

Segmented Woodturning – Vase of Mahogany, Maple, Cherry, & Walnut

Segmented Woodturning – a Vase

Segmented woodturning - Segmented woodturning Vases

This segmented woodturning is a polychromatic vase that has 18 rings and 432 segments. In this case, the selected woods are mahogany, maple, cherry, and walnut. As you can see in the photo, the vase bottom is secured by means of a tightened lathe chuck while the tailstock holds a live center that is inserted into the mouth of the vase. Notice how the vertically aligned spacers of each segmented ring offer an eye catching effect to the overall design of the vase. Also, take a look at how the choice of wood tones contrast one another to highlight and accentuate the piece.

Segmented Woodturning - a Vase with a polychromatic wood design

The segmented woodturning pictured to the left looks pretty rough. When we start out in segmented woodturning and we see the wood project in this rough stage, we have to scratch our heads a bit and ask “Is this worth it?” However, once the turning tools are applied to the spinning vase, the beauty of the wood design starts to reveal itself to the woodturner. This when our previous question is answered with a “Yes.”

A well chosen wood lathe and a few lathe tools go a long way for the enjoyment of wood turning. Segmented woodturning offers a great way of utilizing scrap wood left over in the woodworking workshop while creating wonderful designs in this woodcraft. The wood chosen for my woodworking projects are all hardwoods and the wood finish chosen is often of a satin finish or a soft natural finish.

Watch these Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase


The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

The Process of Segmented Woodturning

Segmented Woodturning – The Process

Segmented woodturning is an interesting wood craft in its own right. It is one of those wood projects that requires more than just a wood lathe and some lathe tools. It helps to have woodworking equipment such as a table saw, a planer, a jointer, a mitersaw, an open stand drum sander, and a disc sander.  Also when starting out you’ll need to design for your segmented woodturning project . First, decide if you want to turn a bowl, a vase, salt and peppermills, or even a lamp. Next, you’ll need to draw out the design on paper or perhaps you’ll choose to layout your project design with segmented woodturning software. You may even find it helpful to sketch out your ideas on paper to come up with a basic plan and then finalize the design on paper or software. This is an important time for creativity and brainstorming. One thing to remember is that all of your work from this point on will be followed on the plan that you are creating.

The segmented woodturning design you create will determine how many segment rings your project will have along with how many segments will be included within each ring. Your project design will also include your choice of wood species and the placement of these woods within your design. As you know,  the various wood colors become part of the overall design.

Once you have the design worked out it is time for determining the cutting list for the segments of each ring. This too can be done on paper, however the software for segmented woodturning becomes very convenient at this time. The software will provide a cutlist for you with all the necessary information to get started. Then it’s just a matter of working off the cutlist until you have all of your segments cut and then organized so they can be glued into rings.

Segmented woodturning on a wood latheNow it’s a matter of gluing the rings. Take your time as it is a time for patience. Typically, I’ll use Titebond2 yellow glue  and put the segments together on a flat surface of plastic laminate. I’ll place the glue on the side of the segment and rub it with the adjoining segment while aligning the joint. Once I’m satisfied with the joint I’ll wrap a rubber band around both segments and the rubberband will serve as a clamp until the glue sets up. I’ll then continue this process with other segments of the ring as well. Once the glue is set up within the pairs of segments then the pairs can be glued together. At this time create two half circles for each ring. This way you can see how the end joints are going to come together to form a complete ring. You may have to lightly sand the outside ends each half ring until you get two good fitting  joints. Once the joints of the half rings are satisfactory you can apply glue to the joints and place a rubberband around the circumference of the ring. Allow the glue to set overnight.

The Wood Craft of Segmented WoodturningNote…the above step can be time consuming and tedious. Often times I will simply glue all the segments of a ring at one time and then tighten a hose clamp around the ring. I only do it this way if I know that my mitre saw is set up very accurately and a test ring has been cut and fit with good tight joints all the way around.

I use a Wixey digital protractor to ensure the angle of the mitre and also use a Wixey digital angle guage to provide the necessary blade tilt. These two set-up tools are invaluable for segmented woodturning as they allow for very accurate results. It’s better to be dead on accurate rather than just close!

The saw blade I like to use for my mitresaw for segmented woodturning is a 10-inch 80 tooth Forrest Chopmaster.

Once the glue of the segmented rings is dry it is time to remove the hoseclamps. At this time all rings need to be sanded flat on one side. I use the open stand drum sander for this operation. After the rings are sanded flat it is time to sand the opposite side of the rings and of course all the rings need to be of equal thickness. The open stand sander is great for this this segmented woodturning operation.

The next step is to glue the rings together. Begin by making sure all the rings are numbered in their correct order and then pair the rings together. For example 1 goes with 2, 3 with 4, and so on. When gluing a pair make sure that you have proper alignment with the joints in a brick-like fashion. In other words the joint of one ring should be staggered with joints of another adjoining ring. This not only provides strength for your segmented turning, but it provides for a pattern in the overall design. Once the glue of the rings are setting up add a weight or clamp the rings together for a good tight fit.

Segmented Woodturning on a Wood LatheNote…It’s really important to accurately align the joints of the rings. It will make all the difference in the world for the finished project. Pay close attention to this detail.

Once all of the rings are stacked, glued, and the glue has dried it’s time for turning, then sanding, and finally finishing. (Typically, the time spent turning is much less than the time spent preparing and building the project.)

Sometimes I think of segmented woodturning as high risk, high reward. It requires patience, time, and focus. Also, like anything there is a learning curve to it. It can be a great challenge and also quite satisfying.


Watch more Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase

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