How To Make Curved Inlay

How To Make Curved Inlay

How to make a curved through inlay using a lamination technique.
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  1. idaho524 on July 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    ha man id love to have a beer with this guy

  2. Knead TwoNo on July 11, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    you’d get more subscribers if you were actually drunk while woodworking. say you take a shot every time you setup and execute a new cut. you could show how gory it is to cut off a finger. think of the public awareness potential.

  3. gary noyb on July 11, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    What bandsaw blade works best?

  4. Get Square w/ Tom Jolley on July 11, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Have you tried this again? I am curious, would it work to just cut the curves with the band saw then glue up the inlay (lamination for all the wood working Nazis)… then just cut off the extra wood from the end of the lid to bring it back to the correct final dimensional size to fit the box?
    Seems to me the use of the router is primarily to remove an exact amount of wood, and is a two step process.

  5. Duca Schoenberg on July 11, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Thousands of lifetime projects with Stodoys plans.

  6. Nicodemus on July 11, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    that is a lamination, not an inlay. you must be drunk! har har har.

  7. Andy Jame on July 11, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Hello there, I have requested your DVDs, for simpler and quicker approach to manufacture a shed I trust the substance are as you guaranteed it will be. Just I’m worried with the substance, it won’t be anything but difficult to settle on a decision from the various plans.

  8. Avys Designs on July 11, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Very stressful glue up I’m sure but came out great!!

  9. Dan The Chippie on July 11, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Why not cut all the way down with the router and skip the bandsaw altogether? Cheers Dan

  10. David Luttenberger on July 11, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    one of the better videos that show some good tips on inlay/strips, especially blocking the  wood on top and bottom to prevent bowing during glue-up.

  11. MrKikoboy on July 11, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    You should reverse the direction of your routing – you are routing uphill ( as it’s called ) – ie- against unsupported grain – you are likely to get some tear out this way depending on the severity of the curve -if you had flipped the piece over and used a top bearing bit the cut would have been much smoother…

  12. Vincent Doan on July 11, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Very interesting method!
    You have to check out this new method for inlays using ImagePaint software:

  13. Datalus Kazan on July 11, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    It looks cool but its not inlay its closer to markets then inlay

  14. Dave D on July 11, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Nice video. Next time, try just making the router channel and tapping your veneer strip inlay into that without cutting the piece with the band saw. It would make for a much easier project.

  15. Walter Rider on July 11, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    thank you

  16. bigdaddy gator on July 11, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Dude, I love your videos. I wish I had one tenth the talent you have. That said, you could do this very easily on a scroll saw.

  17. DigitalMask on July 11, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    The steps are so simple but I still get small gaps. Your video is helping a lot, thanks man!

  18. Craig Shaw on July 11, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Mate I love your videos I have just retrained as a wood work teacher in Australia and cant wait to show the students some of your tips

  19. klydolph2 on July 11, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I’m late to this discussion, but I try anyway.
    I have a square piano made in ca 1820 and it has the most perfect both straight and curved inlays. How in the world did they make the grooves for the inlays at this time? This was way before the woodworking router was invented.

  20. Tony Walker on July 11, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    You know I be a complete ahole to expect you to do something without screwing up.

  21. c munty on July 11, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    you do not seem to be very drunk??

  22. Narbonne Guitars on July 11, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Ik..this is a older showed up in my feed for some reason …this isnt even inlay its panelling or laminating..nice but not not inlay..

  23. Allan Docater on July 11, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    So I did it too 😀 just using Stodoys woodworking plans 🙂

  24. jimgam730 on July 11, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Nice. If you don’t mind me asking, where did you get that one saw? The one where you were just pulling it back to score the veneer.

  25. Nikola Csesljar on July 11, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Thats cool but as far as i know thats not an inlay , its a laminate. am i wrong?

  26. jims tools on July 11, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    YOU did a nice job. It was explained very well.

  27. Diederich Abels on July 11, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    The stodoys site offers plans for this and many other interesting items.

  28. Ray Villares on July 11, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Love this guy

  29. Luca Esposito on July 11, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Excellent work! Cause were I’m living inlay kit or guide bushing are impossible to find and ordering them on the web takes long time to arrive, instead of use it why simply use a spiral or straight bit with the Router base profile as bearing following the template side? Correct me please if this is wrong. Hoping I make you understand thanks again for your excellent video and work.

  30. Ragnar-The-Viking on July 11, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Just curious, do you not use something to cover the bar on your parallel clamps? If not, how do you clean the glue off the bar part? Wouldn’t it be better to put some tape or something to keep them from getting glue on them?

  31. SilentReed on July 11, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Aperture Science

  32. kojocisco on July 11, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    My god maaan. If you already cut mdf, you could place any piece of board between mdf and clamps to stiffen it.

  33. Karyl Debolt on July 11, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Did You make it with woodprix instructions?

  34. Nigel Knight on July 11, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Technically your laminating the timber together, because the material goes from one side of your work piece to the other. Inlay is just a contrast of different materials housed into one side of your work piece.

  35. TS TheBeav on July 11, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    WOW!!!  I subbed a longtime ago but seem to have lost you in the haze.  I just glued up a 12" X12" block of 2.5" walnut then cut with band saw a double curve a little tighter than yours.  I planed three pieces of maple to .1" and clamped  (attempted to clamp) it all back together. the walnut cracked.  I was going for a white river look.  So I made a shim of blood wood glued and drove it in.  My thinking is this will now be a North marker.  Tomorrow I pull it out and see what I have.  I wish you could have been there to say "this won’t work you haven’t removed enough wood"  I would have bought you very nice cold beer!!!

  36. Tato de León on July 11, 2022 at 10:21 pm


  37. Michael Selesnick on July 11, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    Ecellent technique.Now to find the time tto do it.

  38. Fred Lastname on July 11, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    When I use the flush trim bit to flush up both pieces, I get horrible tear-out. This has happened twice now. Any ideas?

  39. Nino Sciorra on July 11, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    This is a lamination process…well done

  40. Robert Sheward on July 11, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Yes you can use a jigsaw if you don’t have a bandsaw!

  41. Mike Gauvin on July 11, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    why not use a couple small dowels to align the glue up? maybe slot the strips, a dowel 1/2 inch in on each side. I understand it’s curved but should be able to get the dowels aligned.

  42. rongoff99 on July 11, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Good job sir. Your method gives a inlay look on both sides and ends of the board. Always good to have as many methods as possible in your woodworking arsenal . Woodwork is not about speed but satisfaction with the end result. Thanks much

  43. iSpread Rabies on July 11, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Sooo Thankful you improved your audio

  44. LET,S ENJOY YOUR TIME on July 11, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    okay not so bad! cheers :’)

  45. buckmetta on July 11, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    nice job – well done

  46. Al Smith on July 11, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    i know this is an older video bu tthat for posting. I’ll give this a shot this week.

  47. John & Olwen Perkins on July 11, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Not really what I would call an inlay, more a curved laminate.Nice effect though.

  48. Brian Noah on July 11, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    That looks awesome. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this a lamination, not an inlay? Isn’t an inlay a veneer? Here’s how I would think an inlay would go: route a 1/4" deep groove, cut strips to 3/8", glue and place in groove, then plane down excess. Am I under-thinking it?

  49. Joey Dello Russo on July 11, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Hi David! Beautiful work. I too am drunken. Question for ya – why move to the bandsaw after routing with the straight bit vs. routing all the way through? [Assuming your bit cut depth is long enough for the stock]. Many thanks!

  50. YooToob Moderator on July 11, 2022 at 10:36 pm

    Friggin’ hipsters have infiltrated yet another manly pastime…