If you have a router, this works real well. The main drawback is that
inside corners will be radiused to the size of the bit but that can be
easily cleaned up with a little file.
You can also get a Dremel with a router base and a tiny straight bit for
more intricate inlays, but nobody that I know of makes any sort of
bushing system for template inlaying. You'll need a good eye and steady
hands if you go this route.
<< Where can I find the tools for cutting inlays? Thanks for any help
Depends on what type of inlay you are referring to. I generally do them by
hand, as taught to me by Garrett Hack.
It's easy to make a scratch stock by hand, just a piece of hardwood about 1"
square and 3" long. If that is tough to visualize, then get the Lee Valley bead
cutter, it's the same principal. I use their blanks for scratch stock: easier
to file to any shape you want than you thought possible. With almost no
practice, you will have a cutter shaped in ten minutes. Th ekey is keeping it
sharp. You use slipstones inside the shape, but basically keep the sides honed.
It works like a specialized scaper tahat way.
The advantage of doing it by hand is that you can make very think inlays. With
power tools, you are limited to the smallest diameter cutter you can buy.
I wrote an article for some cheaper inlay tools, whic will come online the
second week in July for our club newsletter: www.liwoodworkers.org.
Also, check out the November 2003 issue, for a review of Garrett's Technique.
There is a link for a longer article I put together, but it no longer seems to
On the other hand, you should see some of the jigs he makes
for some of his "curves everywhere" pieces. Some are so
complicated that he video tapes their use in case he needs
to use them again. (He trained as an industrial designer
and does a fair amount of production oriented pieces.)
In addition to being an amazing furniture maker and jig
maker, he also teaches, writes and travels to other
countries and helps set up small furniture factories
in "under developed" countries. He often develops designs
that are tailored to the resources available in small
towns and villages.
I really admire the guy and have had the privilege of
sitting in on several of his free demonstrations/classes
at woodworking shows. The guy has no big ego - and a
wry Canadian sense of humor.
Talking of such tools, has anyone any advice to offer on the subject
of quirk routers ? I've just acquired my first one, haven't honed it
yet (or thought how I'm going to), and in the words of the octopus &
bagpipe joke, I haven't even got the 'effin tartan knickers off it
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