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How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 2

In Part 2 we continue to learn how to make decorative wood inlay bandings.

Once the banding segments are organized we can now focus on creating the interior design. We’ll need a few outer rippings that will sandwich the segments together and keep them in alignment. You’ll notice in the picture that the outer hardwoods are walnut and maple glued together. In this case the walnut will be on the inside with the maple on the outside. The reason for this is to create contrasting colors within the wood inlay bandings. This will stand out nicely once laid into the mahogany picture frames.

Here you can see the completed wood inlay bandings as they appear after gluing. 1.) Notice how the triangular segments nestle and align with one another. 2.) Also, take a close look at how the maple, walnut, and cherry contrast one another within the pattern’s design. 3.) The length of the wood inlay bandings are a greater than the longer side of the picture frame to be inlaid. This means a full wood inlay bandings length can be inlaid into the frame which eliminates smaller banding pieces being fit and glued. 4.) Two for the price of one…The two wood inlay bandings pictured are of similar design, however their interior designs have opposite color combinations. (Remember that we organized the segments into two separate piles in Part 1.)

The block plane has jointed one side of the wood inlay banding being held in the bench vise and now the designs for the wood inlays are clearly revealed.

The two wood inlay bandings pictured are a result of our work in this tutorial. Each of the wood inlay bandings shown above will be more than enough for a picture frame.

The first wood inlay banding pattern has been ripped on the bandsaw and we have (6) bandings of 1/8″ thickness. The second banding pattern will produce the same.

A simple mitre jig clamped to the workbench and a fine toothed dovetail saw are all that are needed to cut mitres for our wood inlay bandings. You will notice in the companion video, How to install Wood Inlay that a sanding block is used to trim the decorative wood inlay bandings for proper fit. The sanding block is simply a fine grit sanding belt from a belt sander tightly wrapped around a block of wood.

Now it’s just a matter of trimming and fitting the inlay into the project. Note: When sanding the finished project remember that the banding is fairly thin and that the wood veneer can quickly disappear.

Once you acquire the skill of creating wood inlay bandings you’ll more than likely develop a desire to create more banding designs. You’ll likely find yourself making “wood jewelry” in your woodworking shop. Moreover, if you are a woodworker like me you’ll soon have a family of inlaid frames on your walls as well. Good luck with your inlay and fine woodworking projects and be sure to let me know if you have any questions. I hope you enjoyed this inlay how to and if you would like to share your wood projects be sure to send them to this link.

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