Woodworking – How to Make Inlay Banding

Woodworking how to video – How to make wood inlay banding. The feather pattern is the wood design that is the focus in this YouTube video clip. Watch how the woodworker cuts inlay banding segments on the band saw while the table is tilted at 45 degrees. A simple shop made bandsaw sled and a clamped stop block ensure the uniform length for each segment.

In this lesson the woodworker demonstrates the process of gluing the wood segments and the outer veneers to create the wood inlay banding “log.” Watch the step by step lessons for successful construction. Watch and learn how to create the glue up on a scrap sheet of plastic laminated material. This woodworking methods works best for gluing and clamping because the dried inlay banding log easily detaches from the plastic laminated surface.

After the wood inlay banding log is created and the glue has dried, it is a simple matter of cleaning off any excess glue. Use a scraper to do so. A block plane or a jointer is then used to to flatten and straighten one of the “log’s’ edges. Cut the opposite edge off at the band saw.

The individual wood inlay bandings are sliced at the bandsaw. Each veneer is cut to a thickness of 3/32”. To learn more about the woodworking method for slicing these veneers of wood inlay banding please watch the other wood inlay banding videos. The technique incorporates the use of a Rockler thin rip jig to produce accurate and uniform thickness in a work safe manner.

Learn how to create your own custom wood inlay bandings for your fine woodworking projects. Inlay bandings are a great way to add a distinguishing touch to furniture, picture frames, jewelry boxes, and much, much more.

Note: The bandsaw blade used in this video clip was a 3/8″ 4 teeth per inch. It worked well. However, a 1/2″ skip tooth blade with 3 – 4 tpi is now on the band saw for these operations. This blade is known as the “Wood Slicer.” It leaves a nice cut when ripping veneers and cutting wood segments.

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  1. The Apprentice and The Journeyman
    The Apprentice and The Journeyman 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    Mr MinimalSWN…
    The red clamps are Jet parallel clamps.

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  2. MrMinimalSWN
    MrMinimalSWN 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    Hey, great clamps you ,… Can you teel me how the square clamps are called?
    Thanks in advance.

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  3. The Apprentice and The Journeyman
    The Apprentice and The Journeyman 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    You're welcome John. The more you use this new band saw blade, the more you will enjoy it.

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  4. John Hix
    John Hix 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    I ordered the 1/2 in blade and it just arrived. Cuts through hardwood so easy i thought something was wrong. Thanks for your advice.

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  5. The Apprentice and The Journeyman
    The Apprentice and The Journeyman 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    Yes, focus on the basics. This is key to improvement and accuracy. The little things add up in a big way. Take your time to get the 1st cut set up accurately when working with sleds and when using a stop block. Take the time to remove any sawdust that may affect the angle or length of cut. Again, the little things make a big difference. These are all habits necessary to develop great woodworking skills.

    Good job. Keep learning!
    Thanks for watching and for your feedback.

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  6. Andrew Ackley
    Andrew Ackley 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    Once again great video! I learn from all your techniques! I'm also getting better at the basic of keeping things square or precise to the angle needed.

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  7. The Apprentice and The Journeyman
    The Apprentice and The Journeyman 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    Thank you John.
    The bandsaw blade used in this woodworking video is a 3/8" blade with 3 – 4 teeth per inch. (This YouTube video was filmed 7 months ago & is taken from the archives. My new camcorder will be arriving next week.)
    A few months ago a 1/2" skip tooth blade with 3 – 4 teeth per inch was installed on the band saw. It is known as the "Wood Slicer" as is sold by Highland Hardware. I would recommend this blade for ripping veneer & cutting of wood inlay banding. It is a nice cutting blade.

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  8. John Hix
    John Hix 21 May, 2016, 19:47

    Great videos, what type of blade do you normally use for best results

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