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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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Creating Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Learn How to Make Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Creating decorative wood inlay bandings Everybody enjoys the way that decorative wood inlay bandings can embellish a woodworking project whether it be a picture frame, jewelry box, or a fine piece of custom made furniture. When a woodworker notices the wood inlay bandings it is only natural for him or her to check out the pattern and to try to figure out how the banding was made. Some woodworkers may ask “Was the inlay banding created on the table saw or the band saw?”

Some of the decorative wood inlay bandings are of rather elegant and simple designs while other ornamental bandings can be quite complex. While there is usually plenty of information regarding woodworking in general, when it comes to making decorative wood inlay bandings, there is very little available to use as a reference. The goal of The Apprentice and The Journeyman is to figure out the processes used by the craftsmen who created decorative wood inlay bandings. It is also the goal of this woodworking blog to share these techniques and banding patterns with to fellow woodworkers.

a Block Plane cleans the decorative wood inlay bandingsInlaid wood has been around for thousands of years. For example, the Egyptians, Chinese, Persians, and other cultures used inlay millenniums ago to embellish their works and today the art of inlay is still around. One might ask the question “If wood inlay has been around for so long, why is it that there is so little information available on how to make decorative wood inlay bandings?

Now, 0ne could say it’s easy enough just to purchase decorative wood inlay bandings for my woodworking projects from an online catalog. That’s true, but why not just make them? One can learn a new skill and also be proud of their own creations.

A pair of decorative wood inlay bandingsThe woodworking video accompanying this post will show you the process  used to create decorative wood inlay bandings of hardwood. Many of the decorative wood inlay bandings are not really difficult to make although they do require a bit of time, planning and patience.  If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to let me know.

Update: Keep in mind that the processes and techniques used for creating decorative wood inlay bandings evolve over time. The choice of power tools used may also change. It is the goal of this woodworker and blogger to share these any and all of these improvements with you in the upcoming posts.)

Watch the following  Wood Inlay Banding Videos:

Creating bandings for wood inlay

How to install Wood Inlay

Learn How to Make Wood Inlay Bandings

Let’s Install Wood Inlay Bandings

Making Wood Inlay on the Bandsaw

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are ready


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