Designs in Wood Inlay
Designs in wood inlay for this woodworking project are created using specialized band saw methods. As you can see when you watch the YouTube woodworking video, very small pieces of decorative wood are cut on the band saw. Initially, the band saw table is set to 30 degrees and a cross cut sled is added. The 1/4″ hardwood material to be cut is maple and mahogany. A stop block is set to control 1/4″ repetitive cuts on the cross cut sled. (Use a dial caliper to ensure the measurements are dead on.) At this point it is a simple matter of making the cross cuts which will produce elongated wooden diamond segments.
How to Work Safe when Making Designs of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw
While creating designs in wood inlay it is important to play attention to the band saw setup. Make sure that the band saw bearing guide assembly is kept low to limit the band saw blade exposure to your hands. To work safe, take your time and develop a comfortable pace. Simply focus on the quality and accuracy of each and every cut being made.
Sanding the Burrs
It is a good idea to place the wood segments in a container to keep them organized. When all the segments are cut it is time to rub them on a 120 grit sanding block to remove any burrs. When all the wooden segments have been sanded it is time to glue up the designs in wood inlay.
How to Glue Up Designs in Wood Inlay
A disposable glue brush, white glue, rubber bands, wire, and pliers is all that is needed for the glue up. At this point it is a simple matter of brushing glue on the segments and positioning them. (The designs in wood inlay that we are creating is a star pattern.) Our clamping system is pretty basic and we first wrap rubber bands around our glued up segments to allow the glue to set. After the glue sets it is then time to tighten wire around the ends of the each glue up. Then let the glue cure.
When the glue has set we take each of our star patterns to the sanding block to smooth it out and remove any leftover glue. We want a good, flat surface when we set the star patterns on the band saw cross cut sled.
Cutting Designs in Wood Inlay on the Band Saw
Now the fun begins as we square off an end of each star pattern. Next we choose a scrap block and square off an end and apply double stick tape to that end. Now it is a simple matter of connecting a squared off end of a star pattern to the double stick tape of the stop block. The addition of the scrap block allows for a work safe condition when working with the band saw cross cut sled. In essence our hands will be plenty clear of the band saw blade when cutting our designs in wood inlay veneers.
For the first cut of each star pattern block we will make a trim cut. Then we will square up the end so that the block can be set against the clamped stop block. The stop block is set to make a cut of 3/32″. Now it is simply a matter of slicing small wood veneer sheets. Each of the wood veneer sheets contains star parquetry designs in wood inlay. The use of the wood veneers are open to the woodworker’s imagination. These designs in wood inlay can be used as either inlays or onlays. A woodworker can use these hardwood veneers to adorn many woodworking projects such as custom wood furniture, decorative picture frames, exquisite jewelry boxes, and much, much more.
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