How To Freehand Inlay ANYTHING! Bowtie Tutorial

How To Freehand Inlay ANYTHING! Bowtie Tutorial

In this video I teach you how to Freehand Inlay Anything, specifically in this video Woodworking Bowties! I did a video on this 4 years ago and i thought it was time for an update. We go into the specifics of how i quickly use some basic tools to make a beautiful inlay in minutes.

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50 Comments

  1. justintime on January 16, 2023 at 2:40 am

    👍 From Cadillac Michigan

  2. Merkel on January 16, 2023 at 2:41 am

    Yo, did you just file the top of the bow tie by accident? So you had to flip it upside down?

  3. Cloudy on January 16, 2023 at 2:41 am

    When your table cracks so you put a bowtie in it but the bowtie cracks so you have to put a bowtie in your bowtie

  4. Logan on January 16, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Quick question, you said the bow tie needs to be 1/3 to 1/4" of the thickness of the material. Is that still true if your material is very thick like a 2" slab?

  5. Snake Plisken on January 16, 2023 at 2:43 am

    I use a similar technique. I try to use a rip off of an end of a board so I can make several from one scrap then I cut the first angle and scribe a line so i can use it for reference and make minor adjustments to the size. I make a few extra so I can get the exact fit I want. It helps to have one of those screw down cam action clamps.

  6. David Bleam on January 16, 2023 at 2:43 am

    John is great. No nonsense. You can tell he really loves woodworking

  7. TrueJay on January 16, 2023 at 2:47 am

    Can you put on epoxy instead of inlay?

  8. Michael Thompson on January 16, 2023 at 2:48 am

    Can I use your band saw?

  9. alfonso Pina on January 16, 2023 at 2:48 am

    I like how extra that was without being unnecessary

  10. Jimmy’s Den Woodcraft on January 16, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Still waiting on the job offer!!! Lol
    Awesome work as always John.

  11. Eric Johnson on January 16, 2023 at 2:52 am

    great work!

  12. Joshua Murray on January 16, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Hey what brand of tools are you using in the beginning for your layout?

  13. Chris Orr on January 16, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Bringing us together one butterfly inlay at a time

  14. Toby Gibbes on January 16, 2023 at 2:56 am

    it made me soooooo upset when he turned the router on by his fly. I thought he was all about safety on this channel. that was not safe. routers in general can rip limb from limb

  15. alcharlescap on January 16, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Outstanding!

  16. Bitcoinist on January 16, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Nice 👌🏽

  17. Seth Key on January 16, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Hey brother so I may have plunged a little hard, first time I tried it with a brand new bit, the bit shattered and pieces of wood and bit went everywhere. Any advice on the plunge action?

  18. alex droban on January 16, 2023 at 3:02 am

    Great video. Very helpful. I’ve been wanting to try inlays but have hesitated. Your video inspired me to try my own. Thank you! 👍🏻

  19. Joshua Jones on January 16, 2023 at 3:03 am

    Great video! Bow ties really make a project shine. The thumbnail for this video makes me laugh – with the Tucker gaping maw impression.

  20. Jake1970 on January 16, 2023 at 3:04 am

    I raise my Johnny Black to your sir! Nay, scratch that ….in true Swanson fashion, I`ll up it to a 16yr Lagavulin!

  21. John Mervyn on January 16, 2023 at 3:04 am

    Youre the bowtie King

  22. John David on January 16, 2023 at 3:07 am

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  23. Kirk Duncan on January 16, 2023 at 3:07 am

    Thank you John great presentation. I have several slabs that need bow ties and after your presentation I feel ready to take it on.

  24. England Made It on January 16, 2023 at 3:07 am

    Great confidence building video! Now I feel ready to tackle bowties in any size:)

  25. delusional_methods on January 16, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Awesome video! The tape trick is magical!

    Also, fun fact. Bats do actually have thumbs!

  26. Larry Bloom on January 16, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Nice video! A couple of comments for others:
    1. Making a jig to cut bow-ties on a band saw is crazy easy!!!
    2. When tracing with a marking knife, it is easier/better to start at each corner and cut inwards. That way, you cannot overshoot past the corner!
    3. When chiseling at the edge, be sure to resist the urge to lever the chisel to break off the slice you just cut! Or you will bend the top of the edge outwards.

  27. Tommy'sTenToneHammers on January 16, 2023 at 3:10 am

    Don’t carry super glue in your pocket.
    …unless you like peeling denim off your leg.

  28. TheGoatley1 on January 16, 2023 at 3:11 am

    I’d like to see a houndstooth cutting board!

  29. NotGoddess on January 16, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Thank you – especially for the tip about the thickness of the inlay.

  30. Czaspokaze on January 16, 2023 at 3:12 am

    ya man!!!

  31. Tim Knoerle on January 16, 2023 at 3:13 am

    This is an excellent how-to explanation… THANKS JOHN!!!

  32. Dean Hauser on January 16, 2023 at 3:14 am

    In my river table project, should this be done before or after I pour epoxy into the crack?

  33. Jeffrey Short on January 16, 2023 at 3:18 am

    did you add epoxy to the crack before the bowtie, after the bowtie, or not at all

  34. 3D LAYERS on January 16, 2023 at 3:19 am

    I would like to see if you could inlay some veneer lettering.

  35. Daviid Hopper on January 16, 2023 at 3:20 am

    wait! did this dude just say "yinz"?!

  36. Gary DeRuiter on January 16, 2023 at 3:21 am

    Wouldn’t BBB you want to leave the tape in case of squeeze out to keep glue of the main piece

  37. tSp289 on January 16, 2023 at 3:21 am

    Where I’m from this is called a butterfly dovetail or dovetail key! Thought I was learning a new thing. nm, good video anyway.

  38. Steve Iv on January 16, 2023 at 3:22 am

    Hahaha awesome tutorial, glad I found ya. Thickety thick, thick thick thick. Hahaha

  39. Neil Wolf on January 16, 2023 at 3:22 am

    Can you use epoxy for a bow tie inlay?

  40. Dean Hauser on January 16, 2023 at 3:24 am

    getting ready to test your bowtie teaching on my bosses river table I’m making because of you. LOL

  41. Jason Amundsen on January 16, 2023 at 3:26 am

    what did you use to get the color on that 2nd inlay? that’s fantastic. A dye? Any paint would sand right off, correct?

  42. Aaron Drossart on January 16, 2023 at 3:26 am

    Seems risky considering my accuracy with a router is a solid 3/10. I’ll spend the $60 on a template and save the $500 slab.

  43. Sean S on January 16, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Come on, it was right there! Instead of let us pray, Let us Inlay!

  44. Hubster on January 16, 2023 at 3:30 am

    I’m getting so many ideas for things I want to do from watching videos from many channels on wood working but I’m certainly binging a lot of yours and the best bit is that when you say if I get X many likes I’ll do a video on how to do xyz I generally find you have already done it and I get to roll my binge right into that. That said you still get the likes from me and when I get my workshop set up I plan to try inlaying animal silhouettes to tables although I think it will take me a while to pull it off.

  45. Hidingfromu on January 16, 2023 at 3:32 am

    Not everyone has a bandsaw. From that point on I stopped watching. Got to find someone who cuts bow ties another way , possibly a fret saw.

  46. Student scholarships on January 16, 2023 at 3:36 am

    Very cool!

  47. Thomas Ralfenson on January 16, 2023 at 3:37 am

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  48. Jack of All Trades on January 16, 2023 at 3:37 am

    That was incredible. I’m going to do this on my next table build.

  49. Fred Schultz on January 16, 2023 at 3:38 am

    Love the inlay inside the inlay idea. Awesome!!!

  50. scottygusmc on January 16, 2023 at 3:38 am

    Looking to fix a crack in a live edge slab table that is going out side. Is a bow tie or epoxy is the best solution?

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