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Diamond Wood Inlay Banding

 Diamond Wood Inlay Banding 

 

Part 2

Shop-made Wood Inlay Banding

 

Diamond wood inlay bandingWood inlay banding with the diamond pattern can be made in the woodworking shop. However, up to now there has been little if any information available on how to make wood inlay banding with the diamond pattern. (You can read all about making diamond wood inlay banding using techniques that I have developed and have written about in a previous article on this blog.) This pattern is very distinctive and can embellish a number of woodworking projects from picture frames, jewelry boxes, to a whole host of furniture pieces. It would work very well as an accent for a table top border. It could also be employed into a number of arts and crafts style pieces. How the diamond wood inlay banding is applied is simply up to the imagination of the woodworker.

 

Wood Inlay Strips of 3/32″

 

Diamond wood inlay banding picture frameWood inlay banding that is created in my shop is made to a uniform thickness of 3/32″. This operation is performed on the band saw. These veneer strips are then glued and inlaid into dadoes that are 1/16″ deep. I prefer to keep 1/32″ of the wood inlay banding above the project’s surface. Once the white glue cures, then the inlay banding can be leveled by scraping and sanding. The woodworker just needs to be careful so not to sand through the veneer.

 

Centering the Banding

 

Diamond wood inlay banding picture frameBe sure to give some thought to the layout of the diamond wood inlay banding prior to adding glue. For example, it is a good idea to center the wood inlay banding on every side of the picture frame. Doing so will give the wood inlay a symmetrical and pleasing appearance.

 

 

 

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Using a Router for Wood Inlay

Using a Router to Inlay a Compass Rose

 

The woodworker is using a router in this woodworking article to create a recess in mahogany. This recess will house a compass rose veneer that was previously sliced on the band saw. Now, a Dewalt DWP611PK compact plunge router with a 1/4 inch straight router bit is used to cut a recess to house the veneer.

 

The techniques demonstrated by the woodworker in this article are basically just for practice. He is simply testing to develop a strategy for when it becomes time to actually inlay the compass rose veneer. Practicing woodworking in the shop is a great idea. It’s a good way to develop confidence in one’s skills. We all know that it is better to make a mistake while practicing rather than to make an error on the actual woodworking project

 

Laying Out the Compass Rose

 

Compass Rose - Bandsaw Resawing - Using a RouterThe first step for the woodworker is to outline the compass rose on the mahogany. This is simply done by tracing a pencil line around the compass rose veneer. Then the layout lines are cut by using the straight edge from a combination square and scoring the lines with a sharp utility knife. The cut lines are then penciled in for better visibility.

 

Using a Router to Make the Plunge Cut

 

Using a Router for Wood Inlay
When using a router to make a plunge cut for wood inlay,  it is necessary to “zero in” the router bit. What this means is that the router is adjusted so that the bottom of the router bit is at the same level as the router’s base. Next, the router bit can be adjusted for the depth of the plunge cut. Since the thickness of the compass rose is 3/32″, the bit will need to make a plunge cut of 1/16”.  This will allow the compass rose to extend above the surface of the mahogany by 1/32″. This is an ideal amount for scraping and then sanding so that both surfaces can become level with one another.

 

A Compact Plunge Router with LED Lights

 

When using a router to freehand the pattern, it is critically important that the woodworker takes his or her time. We want to make sure that the router bit maintains the cut within the scored lines. One beautiful feature of this DeWalt plunge router is that it has LED lights to illuminate the cutting area. This makes life so much more easier and that much more enjoyable for the woodworker.

 

Routing Closer to the Lines

 

Using a Rotory Tool for Wood InlayAfter the woodworker is finished using the compact router in this demonstration, he then uses a Foredom rotory tool with a 1/8″ bit to rout closer to the lines. As you can see, the rotory tool is in a shop-made wooden base. Afterwards, hand tool skills are required as chisels and a mallet are used for the final cutting of the recess.

The compass rose wood inlay veneer is now fit into the mahogany. The next step is to carefully glue this veneer into the recess.

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Card Scraper for Wood Inlay Bandings

Card Scraper for a Smooth Surface

 

Card Scraper: An Inexpensive  Tool of Great Value

 

A card scraper is an inexpensive tool of flat steel. It is about the size of a index card and is used by the woodworker in the woodworking shop. The edges of this tool are polished and then a burnisher is used at an angle to produce a burr. This burr actually forms a hook. To use the card scraper hold each end with your fingers while pressing forward with both thumbs. This will cause the card scraper to flex. Tilt the scraper forward slightly to begin scraping with the flexed portion of the scraper. One beauty of the card scraper is that the woodworker can utilize the full length of the hooked edge. When that edge dulls, simply flip the card over and use another sharp edge. Each of the two length will have two hooked edges.

The Card Scraper is Often Overlooked

 

Cosmati Picture Frames - Before Card Scraper UsageThis great hand tool is often overlooked and yet it can help one to produce excellent results for one’s woodworking projects. It takes just a little time to understand how the card scraper is sharpened. However, once you learn how to sharpen one you will be well on your way. (The photo at left was taken prior to using a card scraper.)

 

 

Prepare for the Finish 

 

The card scraper can greatly assist the woodworker when preparing the woodworking project for finish. The card scraper will save one from a lot of heavy sanding to remove milling marks, excess glue squeeze out, and rasp marks. Many woodworkers will generally take a power sander with a heavy grit to remove these marks and then progress to finer grit sandpaper. However, a woodworker can eliminate a lot of the heavy sanding by using the card scraper.

 

A Card Scraper Offers Control

 

 Cosmati Picture Frames - After Card Scraper UsageIn the case of working with 3/32″ wood inlay bandings, a card scraper offers the woodworker a great deal of control. The scraper works well with wood segments of varying grain directions where tear out is a major concern. Some may be tempted to use hand planes, a planer, or power sander to level the wood surface. However, there is always the chance of bringing the surface too low thus ruining the wood inlay banding.  Try using a card scraper and then a finer grit sandpaper to prepare for your choice of wood finish. (The photo at the left was taken after using a card scraper.)

 

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The Art of Wood Inlay Banding

The Art of Wood Inlay Banding

 

Cosmati Design - The Art of Wood Inlay BandingThe art of wood inlay banding is a lost art. While many people are thrilled to see furniture, jewelry boxes, and pictures frames adorned with wood inlay banding, the truth is, very few woodworkers know how to make their own decorative wood inlay banding. Yes, of course a woodworker can inlay a simple strip of contrasting wood to accent a wood project. However, the focus of this woodworking article is the art of wood inlay banding. So, let’s look at some examples of wood inlay banding made in the woodworking shop by fellow woodworkers.

 

Vincenzo shares The Art of Wood Inlay Banding 

 

 A Walnut Table  with Barber Pole Inlay Banding 

Walnut Table and drawer with banding inlays - The Art of Wood Inlay BandingsVincenzo is a very talented woodworker living in the beautiful Mediterranean town of Mazara del Vallo which is on the west coast of the island of Sicily. This artisan has shared with us a walnut table with drawer that features a beautiful inlay design known as barber pole wood inlay banding.  This terrific inlay banding consists of maple and rosewood segments. Check out the article A Sicilian Walnut Table with Decorative Wood Inlay Banding to learn more about the art of wood inlay banding.

 

A Veneered Coffee Table with Wood Inlay by Vincenzo

Wood veneer coffee table by VincenzoVincenzo also shares with us a terrific wood veneer coffee table that he has made in his workshop. You will notice the detailed matching of the veneer on this lovely table. Also, notice how your eyes are drawn to the design at the center of the table. There is an effective wood inlay banding of olive and walnut that frames the featured center design. The other woods that make up the coffee table are ash and chestnut.

 

 

Steve shares The Art of Wood Inlay Banding

 

A Decorative Display Case

Cabinet of Ships Brass barometer & clock - The Art of Wood InlaySteve from Cairns, Australia sent in a few photos of his woodworking projects featuring wood inlay banding. Like Vincenzo, Steve discovered the art of wood inlay banding. He has honed his skills of making wood inlay bandings in his woodworking shop to adorn some great woodworking projects. In the photo we can see that Wolf’s tooth inlay banding is featured near the crown and base of  this display case  of Queensland maple. Steve made this keepsake project for one of his customers and it houses a ship’s barometer and clock, both of brass. This outstanding cabinet is finished with a blend of tung oil and polyurethane.

 

Medicine Cabinet with Wolf’s Tooth Inlay Banding

Medicine Cabinet - The Art of Wood InlaySteve also submitted another great woodworking project. This is a medicine cabinet made of Queensland red cedar and Queensland maple. Notice the stylish Wolf’s Tooth wood inlay banding near the crown of the cabinet that Steve designed. The banding consist of  silver ash and New Guinea rosewood. This is another great example of a woodworker who has learned the art of wood inlay banding.

 Be sure to see Steve’s Shop Tour.

Many thanks for these great woodworkers for sharing their skills with us.

 

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How to Glue Wood Inlay Banding

Learn How to Glue Wood Inlay Banding

 

Learn how to glue up wood inlay banding in the workshop. An important aspect which is critical to the success of the wood inlay banding project is how to glue up and clamp the wood segments. Watch this YouTube video to learn how the woodworker uses a simple step by step woodworking system to ensure an accurate alignment of the wood inlay banding design.

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Carlos Castaneda…(1925 – 1998) Peruvian – American author, student of anthropology.

What’s the Best Glue to Use?

 

How to Glue Wood Inlay Banding - Segments for the Diamond PatternThe best glue adhesive based upon my experience for how to glue wood inlay banding is Elmer’s glue all. This white glue has a longer “open time” before it starts to set up. This is very helpful when working with a lot of wood segments and when a woodworker is trying to arrange and secure the pattern of wood inlay banding. This white glue is also a strong wood glue when gluing wood to wood.

 

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Another Choice for Wood Adhesive

 

How to Glue Wood Inlay Bandings - Diamond Inlay BandingTitebond yellow glue is also a good choice of wood adhesive. Just keep in mind, the woodworker may have figure out how to glue wood quickly. This can depend on factors like temperature, humidity, and the complexity of the wood inlay banding patterns.

 

 

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An Important Tip & Technique for Gluing Wood Inlay Banding

 

How to Glue Wood Inlay Banding - Painters Tape Secures the Alignment of Wooden SegmentsHere’s a woodworking tip for how to glue wood inlay banding. Clamp a straight board to the laminate surface of the work area. (Remove this straight edge immediately after the wood inlay banding is clamped. Otherwise it could be glued to the project. Keep in mind that blue tape, clear packing tape, or a coating of wax can be applied to the straight edge to protect it from becoming glued.)

The next step is to apply blue painters tape in a manner that will secure the alignment of the wood segments to be first laid down. Use a combination square to create a 90 degree angle with the straight edge of the board and the first segment. Be sure to press the wooden segment down firmly on the blue painters tape. Now it is just a matter of carefully arranging the following segments in place.

 

Be Prepared for the Glue Up

 

How to Glue Wood Inlay Banding - Clamps & a Wood Caul Apply Even PressureWhen learning how to glue wood inlay bandings, it is wise to be prepared. Have the necessary clamps, cauls, wood inlay banding materials, glue, glue brushes, blue tape, glue applicators, and paper towels readily available. Remember, it is always a great idea to perform a “dry run” first just to make sure.

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Work on a Non-Stick Surface

 

How to Glue Wood Inlay Banding - Wooden segments are laid out for a Dry RunWoodworkers will notice that a laminate surface is being used. This type of surface works well during the glue up as it is flat and resistant to the drying glue. It is also easy to clean off any excess glue with a scraper when preparing for the following glue-up.

 

 

 

Related Wood Inlay Banding Articles & Woodworking Videos:

Woodworking How to – Make Diamond Wood Inlay Banding

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make the Square Pattern

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

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