Tuesday, August 24, 2010

making inlaid ties...

As you can see in the photo, I'm practicing and testing methods to inlay ties on the front of a tie cabinet. What you see is a router inlay kit available from most woodworking suppliers, and a Baltic birch template which I cut out using a scroll saw and two ties cut out using the kit. The router inlay kit consists of a guide bushing, an outer bronze bushing, and a 1/8" router bit. With the outer bushing in place over the guide bushing, the router removes the space for the inlay to fit. Remove the outer bushing and then rout the material to fit the space cut for it in the earlier operation. The same template serves for both cuts. This is just the start and practice cut. The real inlaid ties will have more intricate designs.

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