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Wolf’s Tooth Wood Inlay Banding…a Two for One

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Wolf's Tooth Banding... a closer look

Detailed view of Wolf's Tooth banding

One of the benefits of creating “Wolf’s Tooth” wood inlay bandings is that you actually get two bandings for the effort of one. What do I mean by this? When the initial cuts from the laminated stock are made on the table saw using the dedicated miter saw we flip the stock after each segment is cut. By doing this we are getting the necessary angles for the segments however, we wind up with segments that have two different color combinations. After all of the segments are cut we then need to carefully separate the segments by color. This way we will have two distinctive color patterns for our hardwood inlays. (The separating of the two color type can be tedious however, it is very important in order to maintain uniformity of the custom inlay bandings.)

Wolf's Tooth Wood Inlay banding segments

Wolf's Tooth Wood Inlay banding segments

In the photo to the right notice how the wooden inlay segments are cut from the same laminated stock. The stock is repeatedly flipped along the miter sled fence with each cut producing segments of two color types.
(The segment shown on the left goes with the inlay pattern on the left side picture frame while the segment on the right corresponds to the inlay design of the picture frame on the right.)

Notice the importance of of the wood color. (Place dark woods next to light color woods to get the best contrast.)
Also read…Wolf’s Tooth…a Decorative Wood Inlay Banding

Learn more about wood inlay by studying “How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 1” and “How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 2.”
Watch the following wood inlay videos:

Creating bandings for wood inlay

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are ready

How to install Wood Inlay

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

Wolf’s Tooth…a Decorative Wood Inlay Banding

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
…..Aristotle, Greek Philosopher (384 BC – 322 BC)

Inlay Wood...Wolf's Tooth...Custom Inlay Banding

Wooden Inlay...Wolf's Tooth...Custom Inlay Banding

The “Wolf’s Tooth” decorative wood inlay banding pattern is a wonderful custom inlay used to embellish furniture, picture frames, wooden boxes, and a host of other woodworking projects. The wooden segments (teeth) were cut on the table saw equipped with a Forrest Woodworker II 40 tooth saw blade. Also, the dedicated miter sled was used in order to maintain precision and to create uniform triangular segments which make up the “teeth” of this hardwood inlay banding. White glue is used instead of yellow glue to allow a greater working time when assembling the segments into position within the banding “sandwich.” Veneer inlays called “bandings” will be sliced on the band saw at about 3/32″. The bandings will eventually be fit and let into a plough or dado of the wood project to be decorated.

Wolf's Tooth...Wood Inlay Bandings

A mahogany picture frame with decorative wood inlay banding of cherry, walnut, and maple.

The African mahogany picture frame reveals how a custom wood inlay banding like the “wolf’s tooth’ pattern can enhance a woodworking project. This hardwood inlay banding consist of maple, cherry, and walnut. Notice how the colors of the various hardwoods contrast one another within the repetitive pattern of the “teeth” and also how the borders play off of the mahogany picture frame. The wood inlay banding naturally draws attention to the picture frame and further draws awareness to celebrate the photograph.

A banding with the same “wolf’s tooth” pattern is shown below the picture frame. This particular veneer inlay includes maple, cherry, and walnut within the “teeth” pattern however, the outer border consist of walnut and holly. The pure white holly will create an even greater contrast than a maple border when inlaid into a wood with a dark tone.

(By the way…The photograph is of my Great, Grandfather along with his two prized working mules. The photo was taken on his farm outside of Salem, Missouri where he and his family were a few of the early settlers in this area during the 1850’s.)

Learn more about wood inlay by studying “How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 1” and “How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 2.”

Watch the following wood inlay videos:

Creating bandings for wood inlay

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are ready

How to install Wood Inlay

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

Hardwood Inlays made in the Woodworking Shop

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.”
…Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Segments of a custom inlay.

As we near the holidays it’s time to start planning ahead for gifts that will be made in the woodworking shop. In the picture you can see many wood segments that have been cut on the dedicated miter sled for the table saw. It’s quite important that the angles of the segments are consistent so that they line up tightly within the decorative wood pattern. However, this job is quite easy to accomplish with the miter sled and a stop block. This particular pattern is referred to as “Wolf’s Tooth” according to page 136 of Pierre Ramond’s tremendous book, Marquetry. These segments will be glued together and sandwiched between two laminated strips of of holly and walnut. This “wood sandwich” will wind up being sliced on the band saw and the strips will become known as wood inlay bandings. (The custom wood inlay banding to be created will be part of a DIY wood project, the making of picture frames.)

A Stop Block on the Miter Sled

In the photo to the right the stop block controls the length of the custom inlay segment and the 45 degrees angle is created by simply keeping the laminated wood strip flat against the miter fence. When an angle is cut the strip of laminated wood is then flipped over to make make another angled cut. This forms another segment. From this point it is simply repetition as many segments are needed to create the wood inlay bandings.

Once the wooden inlays are created the woodworker is free to inlay furniture, embellish picture frames, or perhaps inlay boxes. It’s just a matter of letting one’s imagination express itself to create a one of a kind piece.

Learn more about wood inlay by studying “How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 1” and “How to make Bandings for Wood Inlay…Part 2.”

Watch the following wood inlay videos:

Creating bandings for wood inlay

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are ready

How to install Wood Inlay

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

Segmented Woodturning…Dinner Salad Bowls of Mahogany and Walnut

Segmented Woodturning – Salad Bowls

Segmented woodturning is a joy for the wood turner and turning a salad bowl set on the wood lathe can be a rewarding woodworking experience. It is also quite gratifying to enjoy one’s dinner salad and one’s fine woodworking in the evening with family and friends using the bowls you have created in the shop. While the wood lathe can be used to turn wood projects that are quite utilitarian it can also be a source for creating wonderful wood art. It just takes a bit of imagination. Join me and learn how a wood turner makes segmented bowls on a wood lathe using the creative techniques of segmented woodturning.

 A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

…Mark Twain, 1835-1910…American author and humorist


 See the process of making a Salad Bowl by using segmented woodturning techniques.


Segmented woodturning - Stave Segements for Dinner Salad Bowl

Segmented woodturning - Stave Segements for Dinner Salad Bowl

Each bowl has 12 staved segments of mahogany and 12 vertical spacers of walnut. The staves for the segmented woodturning were cut on the ten inch compound mitre saw while the vertical spacers were ripped on the table saw and then sanded on the open drum sander. As you can see in this picture the staves and vertical spacers are being prepared for the gluing process. The masking tape secures and aligns the joints while the yellow glue is applied. The tape will also serve as a temporary hinge for each joint when the joints are closed.

Segmented Woodturning - wood salad bowls
Segmented wood bowls prepared for woodturning

In the picture you can see the salad bowl halves of the segmented woodturning as they are glued. Notice that the bottom joints on both halves are flat to the table surface. This is important as these joints will need to be tight fitting when the two bowl halves join together. Two walnut spacers remain as they will be fit between the two bowl halves.

Wood Finish for Salad Bowls

Food-Safe wood finish for salad bowls

Once the wood turner is finished turning the wood bowls on the turning lathe it is simply time for any final sanding. To complete the woodturning project a food-safe finish is needed. A wipe on wood finish is applied to the wood turned bowls with a soft cotton rag. In this case Watco butcher block oil and finish is used to apply multiple coats on the bowls created by using the segmented woodturning process.

Turning on a lathe is enjoyable and you will find segmented wood turning to be a fascinating process. Once you start the wood craft of turning it may be difficult to stop!

Learn more about Segmented Woodturning.



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Segmented Woodturning…Fruit Bowl…part 2

Segmented Woodturning…Fruit Bowl

This is segmented woodturning episode – part 2.
Be sure to watch the how to woodturning video: Wood Turning…a Segmented Fruit Bowl…part 1.

Segmented woodturning - Fruit bowl This sequel continues our study to learn of one of the great woodworking crafts, segmented woodturning. In this woodworking video our focus shifts to learn how to woodturn the segmented fruit bowl. We will also be sanding and finishing the fruit bowl that contains 24 segments of which there are 12 staves of light walnut and 12 vertical spacers of dark walnut. Beautiful ribboned mahogany wood is used for the base.


Segmented woodturning - Fruit bowl - Taping and gluing the jointsAfter the yellow glue has set-up it is time to remove the masking tape and packing tape from the segmented bowl. (In a fine woodworking project like this it is imperative that all of the wood joints are tight and free of gaps.) It is now time to start turning wood. We begin by mounting the bowl and leveling the bottom of the wall section . Taking the diamond parting tool we will create an interior mortise that will accept the tenon of the mahogany base.


Segmented woodturning - Fruit bowl - Mortising the baseNext we will determine the base size.To do this we will measure the outside diameter and the mortise diameter of the bowls sidewalls. From here we will rough cut the base at the band saw allowing for a slightly larger diameter.

After the base is cut on the bandsaw we will mount the base on the wood lathe so that we can turn the tenon to fit the mortise. Again, the diamond parting tool is used to cut the tenon and a dial caliper will gauge the tenon length needed.

Segmented Woodturning - Clamping the Fruit bowlWith the base mounted on the woodturning lathe we will take the segmented assembly and fit the mortise and tenon together. When we have a good fit we will then proceed with the glue-up of the two parts of our segmented woodturning.

After the glue-up dries and the bowl structure is complete it is time for turning wood and shaping the bowl. The segmented woodturning video reveals a spindle gouge with a fingernail grind for much of the interior and exterior wood turning. Other lathe gouges used for this sequence of wood turning include the following: A roughing gouge is used to remove the waste from the base exterior. Also, you will notice round and straight scraper gouges used on occasions as well.

Segmented Woodturning - Fruit bowl on the wood latheAfter the wood turner is finished turning the fruit bowl he will then switch to sandpaper to remove any marks left by the gouge. The wood turner changes to a finer sandpaper grit as he proceeds. Typically, he will take sandpaper sheets and tear then into quarters. He will then tri-fold a quarter sheet and sand with that as the wooden bowl spins on the lathe. This fruit bowl was sanded to 220 grit sandpaper and then burnished with the wood shavings. To prepare the wood project for finishing the bowl was then wiped with a micro-fiber towel to remove any remaining dust. Our segmented woodturning is now ready for applying the protective finish.

The wood finish for the segmented fruit bowl started with an application of SealCoat and finished with three coats of satin Arm-R-Seal. This produced a nice and natural wood finish for the segmented woodturning.

Recommendations for beginning woodworkers: View the segmented woodturning video a multiple times to get a better feel for the procedures. Pay close attention to the different lathe chucks being used at various times to hold the wood. Notice the gouges being used and how they are being used. Be patient and take your time. Always practice safety around the wood lathe. Consider taking a wood turning class to become familiar with this woodcraft.

Enjoy more woodturning videos and woodturning projects!

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