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March 28, 2017

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

Wood Inlay Banding – The Barber Pole Pattern

 

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”
Michaelangelo…Italian Renaissance Painter, Sculptor, Architect, and Engineer (1475-1564)

Classic Wood Inlay Banding

A classic wood inlay banding pattern is the Barber Pole pattern. The core of the wood inlay banding package has a component of alternating wood tones that is cut on a 45 degree angle and is sandwiched by the top and bottom outer layers. The wood inlay banding pattern has a similarity to the fixture or sign that may be seen at the entrance of a barber’s shop.

 

Learn all about the details of How to create Barber Pole wood inlay banding.

 

Check out the Buffard Freres…The 1926 Wood Inlay Banding Catalog.

 

Video…Tilting Bandsaw Miter Sled

 

Vicenzo, an avid viewer from Palermo, Italy inquired about how to make Barber Pole wood inlay banding after the posting of  Creating your own Wood Inlay Bandings…The Secrets Revealed. At the time my friend Vicenzo requested a video of the techniques used to make wooden inlays of this banding pattern. So, here it is. Enjoy the wood craft of making decorative wood inlay banding!

 

Also, many thanks to the many other Italian woodworkers who are following and enjoying the wood inlay veneer tutorials. Grazie a voi i miei amici italiani. Ecco il rinascimento prossimo.


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35…Woodworking Tip – The Power of the Shim

Woodworking Tip – a Simple Shim

 

“Never underestimate the power of a single thought.”
Ender…Friend and Salesman…(1964-)

Woodworking Tip from a Friend

 

A Crosscut Sled, Table Saw and a Paper shim

A Crosscut Sled, Table Saw and a Paper shim

Have you ever tried to remove a small amount of material for a perfect fit? Sometimes it can be a challenge. Here’s a woodworking tip that just might work for you.

There are times that a little woodworking tip can make all the difference in the world for a woodworker. A small idea can be profound in its simplicity and that is the case with this woodworking tip. It was passed on to me during my apprenticeship by a journeyman whom I had the pleasure of working with for a many years. He has been gone a long time now. However, I am grateful to him for sharing this useful woodworking tip and technique. It is often employed while working in the wood shop. See if you agree.

We as woodworking craftsman continually strive to improve of skills. A woodworking tip can come in handy. In this video a lid for a jewelry box is being fit without a tape measure or carpenter’s ruler. See how to make the cut with the aid of a paper shim along with a crosscut sled on the table saw. Watch and you can see how to make the cut done by “sneaking up” on the crosscut to achieve a perfect fit.

 

Note: Tearout of the lid is eliminated by using the zero clearance crosscut sled.

 

The woodworking tip for the video segment is taken from a 6-part video series…Let’s Build a Jewelry Box.

 

Recommended Video… How to make poorboy Parallel Clamps
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Buffard Freres wood inlay bandings…1134-1141

“I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.”
Steven Wright…American comedian,actor, and writer. (1955-)

Buffard Frere decorative wood inlay bandings 1134-1137

Buffard Frere decorative wood inlay bandings 1134-1137

We continue with our study of the decorative wood inlay bandings of the Buffard Freres of Paris. These wood inlay banding designs are from the company’s 1926 catalog.

We first take a look at bandings 1134-1137

This group of bandings have similarities in their design and construction. Each banding design has three components.

Buffard Frere decoraitve wood inlay bandings 1140-1141

Buffard Frere wood inlay bandings 1140-1141

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The components:

1.) Outer Veneers…These components are the top and bottom members of the banding package. When the completed banding is inlaid in place the Outer Veneers are the defining lines on the outside edges of the banding. An Outer Veneer may be a single line of veneer or even multiple lines of veneer. The Outer Veneers whose grain runs along the length of the Package serves to hold the horizontal and vertical components together once glued.

2.) Horizontal Components…The Horizontal Components’ grain runs along the length of the Package. The component members are uniformly cross cut from a longer strip of wood. It’s thickness is equal to the height of the Vertical Component and it is also wider than the Vertical Component in this illustration.

3.) The Vertical Components…The Vertical Components each have three members that are glued to one another. Each Vertical Component is uniformly cross cut from a longer section that has two outside members and one interior member. The outside members have contrasting wood tones from that of the inside members. The grain direction of the Vertical Component is 90 degrees to the Horizontal Components’ grain direction. The height of this component is equal to the thickness of the Horizontal Component.

While bandings 1134-1137 are similar in design and in construction, we can easily see that the color combinations vary from one to the other along with the sizes of the components. This is the beauty of wood inlay bandings in that we can take one style of banding and make minor tweaks to arrive at a custom inlay banding that offers a unique appearance.
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Recommended Video…Bandsaw Crosscut Sled
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Recommended Video…Let’s Install Wood Inlay Bandings
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Buffard Freres decorative wood inlay bandings 1138-1139

Buffard Freres decorative wood inlay bandings 1138-1139

Banding 1138…My belief is that that banding has two basic components.

1.) Outer Veneers…The Outer Veneers are the top and bottom members and has its wood grain running along the length of the banding Package.

2.) Vertical Components…These components are made from a length of two laminated strips of contrasting woods. Each individual strip is of a differing thickness. The Vertical Components are uniformly cross cut and placed vertically on the bottom Outer Veneer during gluing.

Banding 1139…It looks like this banding is made of three components. (Outer Veneers and two types of Vertical Components.)

1.) Outer Veneers…The Outer Veneers include the top and bottom members who grain runs along the length of the banding Package.

2.) Vertical Components…

a.) A dark square member with a yellow strip on each side. These laminated members were uniformly cross cut from a longer length.

b.) Alternating colors of black, red, black. These member were also uniformly cross cut from a length of laminating members.

Recommended Video… Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw



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How to Create Barber Pole Wood Inlay Banding

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge, while an ordinary man takes everything as a blessing or a curse.”
Carlos Casateda…Peruvian-born American anthropologist and author…(1925-1998)

Decorative wood inlay...the Barber Pole Design

The Barber Pole Pattern of Wood Inlay

The barber pole wood inlay banding is one of the more common banding patterns that we see adorning wood projects. While the design may be somewhat common there are numerous ways in which the basic design can be varied. For example a woodworker can simply enhance a project with the basic design or he can add an additional barber pole banding to create a “mirrored” pattern.

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The barber pole pattern can be also be doubled to create a feather pattern as well.

Feather wood inlay banding pattern

Feather wood inlay banding pattern

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The Buffard Freres of Paris employed variations of the Barber Pole theme to create bandings 1150-1155. With a bit of imagination and patience the possibilities seem endless.
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Variations of the "Barber Pole" wood inlay banding pattern

Variations of the \”Barber Pole\” wood inlay banding pattern

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Creating the Package:
To create the package for this example we are using contrasting woods of maple and walnut. The finished package will be 4″ wide x 16” long x 2″ thick. (For this example the strips are 1/4″) The walnut and maple strips can be ripped on the table saw or the band saw. Rip long strips that are about 1/4″ x 2″ x about 25″ inches long and glue them together in an alternating manner so that the veneer strips contrast one another. Consider gluing smaller bundles of 2 inches and re-gluing them together to make a wider bundle of 4 inches. Clamp the strips securely with wax paper and cauls to obtain nice, tight joints.
Once the glue has set it is time to clean up the package and dimension it. It can be sent through the open drum sander to create two flat surfaces that are parallel to one another.

Now, we cut a 45 degree angle on one end of the bundle. We then use a combination square and measure 4 inches perpendicular to the 45 degree cut we just made. Make a mark with a pencil and cut another 45 degree angle. Repeat this process and then glue all of these cuts together edge to edge. The finished package should look like the illustration at the top of this page.

Slicing Barber Pole Wood Inlay Banding:
When the package is dimensioned the barber pole section can then be sliced on the bandsaw. In my workshop a thin rip jig with a roller bearing is used along with a band saw rip fence.
Recommended Video…Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw

Adding the outer veneers to the barber pole:
Once the barber pole sections are sliced from the main package it it time for us to add veneer to the flat sides of the barber pole sections. We create a sandwich of two outer veneers with an interior core of the barber pole sections. We carefully glue and clamp the sandwich together using clamps along with cauls.
Once the glue of this sandwich is dry it is time to clean up the sandwich. Joint an edge and make the other edge parallel by ripping the sandwich on the bandsaw or table saw. Clean any excess glue off from the sandwich.

Ripping Wood Inlay Banding on the Band Saw:
Use the same technique as we did in the above step,”Slicing the Barber Pole.” Set the roller bearing of the thin rip jig to 3/32.” (or your desired thickness.)
Once the bandings are ripped we are ready to install Barber Pole wood inlay that we have made in our own shop!

Note: Barber Pole wood inlay banding can also be created on the band saw with the Tilting Bandsaw Miter Sled.

Recommended Article…How to Make Picture Frames with Wood Inlay

Watch… Let’s Install Wood Inlay Bandings


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A Study of Creating Wood Inlay Bandings

How to Make Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

 

“Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
Mark Twain…American Author and Humorist…(1835-1910)

Ornamental Wood Inlay Bandings #1

Ornamental Wood Inlay Banding #1

We will refer to the banding in the illustration as “Banding #1” for the convenience of identity.

For this example the dimensions for the inlay package are 4″ x 10″ x 3/8″. For this instance the length of the sliced wood inlay bandings would work well for a typical picture frame that houses a 5″ x 7″ picture. When creating wood inlay bandings we need to keep in mind that the longest length our project will require us to make the banding a bit long. By making the hardwood inlay banding longer it will allow us leeway for cutting and fitting the banding into place to our liking.

A few items of importance with this study of decorative wood inlay bandings:

1.) Notice the direction of the wood grain for this pattern. (The line and arrows indicate the grain direction.) There is no end grain that will be exposed in the finished product.

2.) See how the design is created by using contrasting wood colors. (Example…walnut and maple.)

3.) Notice the sandwich of woods. The thicker walnut on top and bottom has a 1/16″ veneer of maple in between. This smaller sandwich was produced from a longer sandwich and was cut on the band saw using the crosscut sled with a stop block. All the smaller sandwiches have a length of 1-1/4″.

4.) The intermediate blocks of solid maple were cut on the band saw utilizing the band saw crosscut sled and a stop block. These maple blocks measure 4″ x 3/8 x 3/4″. By using the bandsaw crosscut sled they can safely be cut from dimensioned material that has a length of 7″ or so.

5.) The banding is ripped on the band saw to a thickness of 3/32″.

The wood inlay bandings are ideal when applied to furniture, jewelry boxes, and picture frames to name a few woodworking projects.

Recommended Videos:

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw

Recommended Reading:

Buffard Freres…The 1926 Wood Inlay Banding Catalog

The Band Saw Sleds:

1.) The Bandsaw Crosscut Sled
2.) The Dedicated Band Saw Miter Sled
3.) The Tilting Miter Sled for the Band Saw



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