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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.

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


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Wood Patterns for Inlay Bandings

Wood Patterns for Inlay Bandings

Cosmati wood pattern for wood inlay bandingWood patterns for inlay banding are varied. That’s one of the pleasures of making wood inlay banding. There are so many wood patterns to from which to choose. There are also so many wood choices to choose from when creating a wood pattern for inlay banding.



Learn How to Make Wood Patterns for Inlay Banding


Diamond wood inlay banding - wood patternsWhile there is very little information available on how to make your own wood inlay banding, it can still be accomplished by the woodworker in his or her workshop. How? If you follow along and I will show you how. These woodworking methods and techniques have been conceived of and developed by The Apprentice and The Journeyman in order to resurrect the lost art of making wood inlay banding in the workshop. We will work with simple wood patterns of inlay banding as well as complex wood patterns. There is something for all skill levels of woodworkers to enjoy.


Woodworking Methods to Create Designs in Wood


Diamond Wood Inlay Banding - SketchUp Wood PatternsMost woodworkers have a natural tendency to work with the table saw. However, when cutting wood segments my recommendation is to cut them on the band saw. Why? It’s safer. The small wood segments can fly off of a spinning table saw blade and often times it can be very difficult small segments accurately with the table saw. Can wood patterns for inlay banding be cut on the table saw? Yes, of course. However, many great wood patterns can be cut more safely on the band saw and that is our focus here.


Free Wood Patterns to Make Inlay Bandings


Free wood patterns for making wood inlay bandings can be found at the SketchUp Warehouse. (You’ll need a google account which is also free.) Search for wood inlay bandings and you will find the wood patterns that The Apprentice and Journeyman is sharing with you. There are variety of wood patterns to get you started. Keep in mind that there is no end grain showing on any of the inlay bandings. It is all face grain or side grain.



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

Checkered Wood Inlay Banding


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Wooden Patterns for Parquetry

Creating Wooden Patterns for Parquetry

Small wooden patterns of geometric design can be safely cut on the band saw. This post shares with you a few woodworking ideas that will enable you to create some wonderful parquetry for your wood projects using a bandsaw crosscut sled. The wooden patterns shown are made from hardwoods leftover from various wood projects. It’s a great way to utilize scrap material!

Wooden Patterns for Parquetry - 60 Degree DiamondsThe  lozenges  are diamond segments that are cut using the 60 degree band saw sled. A stop block is set up and clamped to to the sled’s fence to ensure uniform segments. Keep in my that all four lengths of the lozenge must be of equal length. A few test cuts with scrap material measured with a dial caliper will guarantee the correct length. Check that the sides are equal to one another. Another way to check is to measure across the lozenge in both directions. These dimensions are to be equal to one another.


Wooden Patterns for Parquetry - 60 Degree Band Saw SledOnce you begin to cut the lozenges, you will start to experiment with various hardwoods. It’s only natural to rearrange the diamond shaped wood segments. You will mix in various wood tones to create a number of wooden patterns. Play with it. Before long you will see 3 dimensional wooden cubes appear.



Wooden patterns for parquetry - 60 Degree Band Saw SledThe star wooden pattern is a simple matter of having six lozenges. In this case three are of maple while the other three lozenges are walnut. To glue this wood design just brush on the glue with a disposable glue brush, check for alignment, and wrap a rubber band around it to serve as its clamp. Once the glue sets, it will be plenty strong.


 Hardwood veneers of these various wooden patterns can be sliced on the band saw using the techniques that are shown to you in the accompanying woodworking video. Just use a longer block of wood and attach double stick tape. Attach the wood pattern to the tape. Set up the Rockler thin rip jig to the desired thickness of the veneer that you want. (3/32″ is my preference.) Adjust the band saw fence and you are ready to slice veneers.

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Learn how to make Wood Inlay Bandings

Learn how to make Wood Inlay Bandings


Wood Inlay Bandings

Learn how to make wood inlay bandingsLearn how to make wood inlay bandings so that you can decorate your woodworking projects. There is something distinctively special about creating something in your woodworking shop with your own hands. For a lot of us, this is one of the main reasons we chose the craft of woodworking. It just feels good to use our learned skills to make something out of wood that is worthwhile. It even feels better when we can create our wood project and  then embellish it with our own shop-made decorative wood inlay bandings. So, let’s go into the details and learn how to make wood inlay bandings.

 “I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But, I can’t accept not trying.” …Michael Jordan

Maple, Walnut, Maple Lamination on the Tilted Bandsaw Miter SledWhen we learn how to make wood inlay bandings we find that it can be very beneficial to make wide banding logs. It really takes no more time and effort to make a wider log than a narrower banding log. As a result of creating the wider log, we will have plenty more decorative wood inlay bandings. For example, the inlay banding log shown in this posting will make about 32 lineal feet of decorative wood inlay bandings. This will work very well for a single large woodworking project or it could simply set the theme for related wood projects.


Walnut, Maple, Walnut Lamination at the Tilted Band Saw Miter SledTo make our wood inlay bandings on the band saw we need to start out with two lamination patterns. Notice how each lamination mirrors the other lamination. One is walnut, maple, and walnut while the sister lamination is maple, walnut, and maple. Keep in mind, it is critical that the dimensions of one pattern match the other pattern. (We use a dial caliper to ensure accuracy of the measurements.) Essentially, we are using the exact same techniques that we have used when we created “Wolf’s Tooth” wood inlay bandings.

The band saw serves as a safe, efficient, and accurate power tool for slicing our wood segments needed to create the wood inlay bandings. The table of the band saw is  set at 45 degrees  as the shopmade tilted band saw miter sled along with a stop-block is used for a controlled cut of the laminated wood segments.

Note: A general purpose 3/8″ x 4TPI bandsaw blade is being used for cutting banding segments.

Uniformly cut laminated wood segmentsNotice how the two lamination patterns match up and provide a contrast with one another in this photo. With this contrast we are creating a geometric pattern that catches the eye. As one can see, there is an alternating pattern of light and dark wood tones.




Seperate & organize the two lamination patterns.When all the wood segments are cut it is important to separate and organize them. This is critical as we want to make sure we have a uniform pattern free of any stray segments. Also, by laying out the wood segments ahead we have a good idea how long the outer laminations will need to be. (The tape measure in the photo reveals that the banding log will be 30″ long.)




Use a Combination Square to square up the first segment

Blue painter’s tape is used to help align the wood segments during the glue-up. It’s important to square up the first segment with a combination square and you’ll notice that the edges of the segments are also referenced off of the edge of the work table. We want to make sure that we have a good layout of the bottom row of segments before we start applying any glue. When we are satisfied with the layout of the bottom row we can then begin to apply our glue up while laying in the top row of segments.

Note: The bottom segments shown in this photo are the walnut, maple, walnut pattern. The top layer segment pattern is maple, walnut maple.

My preference of glue for for my wood inlay bandings is white glue. I like the fact that white glue gives me more time working time before it sets up. For me this is especially important as my workshop is in the desert where we typically have a low humidity and also can have very high temperatures. I also prefer the thinner viscosity of  white glue to that of yellow glue when working with inlay bandings. For long and wide surfaces, apply the glue from the glue bottle and then use a scrap block as a trowel to distribute the glue. However, acid brushes work very well to spread an even coat of glue onto the individual banding segments.

Gluing & applying the Outer Veneers A contrasting wood is chosen for the outer veneers.  Apply an even coating of glue to both the outer veneer and the surface of the glued up segment package.





Blue painter's tape wrapped around the banding package.Note: During this glue-up the outer veneer will have a tendency to slide out of alignment with the segment package. Make sure that both components remain in alignment to one another by wrapping blue painters tape around the total glued-up as shown in the photo.




The Wood Inlay Banding package clamped during glue-upApply a caul to the top of the banding package and evenly distribute firm pressure with the clamps. Then, allow adequate time for the glue to cure.

When the glue of the wood inlay banding log is cured it is then time to remove the clamps and clean up the banding log of any excess glue. Hand scrapers come in very handy for this operation. After the dried glue is completely removed, then joint one edge. Then place the jointed edge against the fence of the table saw or band saw so that the opposite edge of banding log can be ripped and made parallel.

Learn more about making wood inlay bandings.

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band SawVideo

Let’s Install Wood Inlay BandingsVideo

Making Wood Inlay on the BandsawVideo

Wolf’s Tooth…a Decorative Wood Inlay Banding

Wolf’s Tooth Banding…a Two for One

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