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How to Install Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

How to Install Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Decorative wood inlay bandings ripped on the bandsawWe’ve created the decorative wood inlay bandings for our latest wood project, a pair of picture frames. This woodworking video shows how to inlay these shop made wood inlay bandings. In the tutorial, watch the complete inlay process of cutting, fitting, and gluing the wood inlay bandings into the channels of the African mahogany frames. It requires time and patience. However, as you will see that it 1s time well spent.

The woodworking video shows how the woodworker cuts miter joints for the  wood inlay bandings using a fine toothed dovetail saw along with a shop made miter box. This combination leads to a nice fitting miter joint. Glue will be added once all the decorative wood inlay bandings have been dry fitting within the picture frame. Then each banding is seated into position by means of a scrap wooden block being tapped by a hammer.

Picture frames with decorative wood inlay bandings pass through the open drum sander.After the glue has firmly setup it is time to send the picture frames and their wood inlay bandings through the open drum sander. The sander will level the wood inlay bandings flush to the surface of the mahogany picture frames. The craftsman will complete the sanding task with a sanding block and will hand sand with a series of various grits of sandpaper.

 

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Wood inlay bandings , pictures frames, and sanding sealerAll sanding dust will be removed and an application of SealCoat sanding sealer will be applied. Once again the picture frames along with the decorative wood inlay bandings will receive a light sanding with 320 wet and dry sandpaper. Finally, the wood finish for the picture frames will be numerous coats of  Arm-R-Seal satin.

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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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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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Segmented Woodturning video of the 9″ x 12″ Vase

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase

Segmented woodturning has taken its hold once again. In this woodturning video we are back at the wood lathe with our turning tools working on a new woodworking project, a segmented vase comprised of 18 rings and 432 segments. You’ll see the segmented woodturning process from the very beginning along with edited clips displaying the various wood gouges chosen to cut and shape this decorative vase of mahogany, cherry, maple, and walnut.

When the actual segmented woodturning is completed we will break out the sandpaper and illustrate the sanding process and prepare for finishing the vase. Initially, Sealcoat shellac sealer is used on the vase (inside and out). Once the sanding sealer has dried it is then time for a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper. Next the dust is removed and we are ready for an application of Arm-R-Seal satin finish. Numerous applications of the wipe on satin finish are applied to the  vase once it is completely prepared.

(Note: all segmented wood has been glued with the same grain direction to allow for wood movement.)

Segmented Vase 9 x 12 Mahogany, cherry, walnut, maple - Segmented woodturning

Watch more Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2


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The Process of Segmented Woodturning

Segmented Woodturning – The Process

Segmented woodturning is an interesting wood craft in its own right. It is one of those wood projects that requires more than just a wood lathe and some lathe tools. It helps to have woodworking equipment such as a table saw, a planer, a jointer, a mitersaw, an open stand drum sander, and a disc sander.  Also when starting out you’ll need to design for your segmented woodturning project . First, decide if you want to turn a bowl, a vase, salt and peppermills, or even a lamp. Next, you’ll need to draw out the design on paper or perhaps you’ll choose to layout your project design with segmented woodturning software. You may even find it helpful to sketch out your ideas on paper to come up with a basic plan and then finalize the design on paper or software. This is an important time for creativity and brainstorming. One thing to remember is that all of your work from this point on will be followed on the plan that you are creating.

The segmented woodturning design you create will determine how many segment rings your project will have along with how many segments will be included within each ring. Your project design will also include your choice of wood species and the placement of these woods within your design. As you know,  the various wood colors become part of the overall design.

Once you have the design worked out it is time for determining the cutting list for the segments of each ring. This too can be done on paper, however the software for segmented woodturning becomes very convenient at this time. The software will provide a cutlist for you with all the necessary information to get started. Then it’s just a matter of working off the cutlist until you have all of your segments cut and then organized so they can be glued into rings.

Segmented woodturning on a wood latheNow it’s a matter of gluing the rings. Take your time as it is a time for patience. Typically, I’ll use Titebond2 yellow glue  and put the segments together on a flat surface of plastic laminate. I’ll place the glue on the side of the segment and rub it with the adjoining segment while aligning the joint. Once I’m satisfied with the joint I’ll wrap a rubber band around both segments and the rubberband will serve as a clamp until the glue sets up. I’ll then continue this process with other segments of the ring as well. Once the glue is set up within the pairs of segments then the pairs can be glued together. At this time create two half circles for each ring. This way you can see how the end joints are going to come together to form a complete ring. You may have to lightly sand the outside ends each half ring until you get two good fitting  joints. Once the joints of the half rings are satisfactory you can apply glue to the joints and place a rubberband around the circumference of the ring. Allow the glue to set overnight.

The Wood Craft of Segmented WoodturningNote…the above step can be time consuming and tedious. Often times I will simply glue all the segments of a ring at one time and then tighten a hose clamp around the ring. I only do it this way if I know that my mitre saw is set up very accurately and a test ring has been cut and fit with good tight joints all the way around.

I use a Wixey digital protractor to ensure the angle of the mitre and also use a Wixey digital angle guage to provide the necessary blade tilt. These two set-up tools are invaluable for segmented woodturning as they allow for very accurate results. It’s better to be dead on accurate rather than just close!

The saw blade I like to use for my mitresaw for segmented woodturning is a 10-inch 80 tooth Forrest Chopmaster.

Once the glue of the segmented rings is dry it is time to remove the hoseclamps. At this time all rings need to be sanded flat on one side. I use the open stand drum sander for this operation. After the rings are sanded flat it is time to sand the opposite side of the rings and of course all the rings need to be of equal thickness. The open stand sander is great for this this segmented woodturning operation.

The next step is to glue the rings together. Begin by making sure all the rings are numbered in their correct order and then pair the rings together. For example 1 goes with 2, 3 with 4, and so on. When gluing a pair make sure that you have proper alignment with the joints in a brick-like fashion. In other words the joint of one ring should be staggered with joints of another adjoining ring. This not only provides strength for your segmented turning, but it provides for a pattern in the overall design. Once the glue of the rings are setting up add a weight or clamp the rings together for a good tight fit.

Segmented Woodturning on a Wood LatheNote…It’s really important to accurately align the joints of the rings. It will make all the difference in the world for the finished project. Pay close attention to this detail.

Once all of the rings are stacked, glued, and the glue has dried it’s time for turning, then sanding, and finally finishing. (Typically, the time spent turning is much less than the time spent preparing and building the project.)

Sometimes I think of segmented woodturning as high risk, high reward. It requires patience, time, and focus. Also, like anything there is a learning curve to it. It can be a great challenge and also quite satisfying.


Watch more Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase

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Segmented Vase…maple & walnut

Segmented woodturning,  Vase of maple & walnut...416 segments - segmented woodturning

The segmented woodturning is a vase that is 6” x 9” and has 14 rings for a total of 416 segments. For the finish it has Sealcoat shellac sealer, a coat of Arm-R-Seal gloss, & numerous coats of Arm-R-Seal satin.

The pattern of this segmented woodturning was inspired by the vases created by Lincoln Seitzman.


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