How to Make Inlay Lines

How to Make Inlay Lines

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⚙️ SHOW NOTES — EPISODE #127: In recent episodes Tom has been making a spied up End Table. He wanted to add some ebony lines into the edge to finish, but needed to make his own lines from a nice chunk he had. in this episode he shows his his methods for easily making them, and then putting them into the table edge. You can use these techniques to make lines out of any materials you might have on hand. Hope it’s helpful!

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Full project series:
1) From Simple Leg to Designer Leg:
2) How to Sharpen and Use a Veneer Saw:
3) How to Make a Designer Table Top:
4) How to Make Inlay Lines:
5) Finishing Tips for Great Results:

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  1. Steve Skope on June 23, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Tom, the banding is a great final touch to the table. If you have the time, I would love to see the finish to the table. Will you use an oil or shellac finish on the table, what would be best for a veneer project like this? I was wondering if you had the time to set up your new Saw Stop table saw. Iam sure it is going to be a nice new addition to the shop, although you have to still be safe, hope it works out for you. I am hoping, someday I can purchase one. See you on SNL.

  2. Joe M on June 23, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    That zero clearance tip for the bandsaw is brilliant! I love watching for those types of tips!

  3. Big Fat Tony's on June 23, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    is that a remote control in your pocket, or are you just glad to see us ?

  4. englewood1957 on June 23, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    To cut. In the lines by hand you can use a cutting gage (like a marking gage with a cutter instead of a point)

  5. Jerry Stark on June 23, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    Another interesting, inspiring, and informative video.
    It has always amazed me how much difference details such as these ebony line inlays can make to a project. The table has gone from a pretty piece of furniture to a stunning piece of functional art.
    I agree with you about putting inlays on the bottom edge of the table top. I have done this on several chest and jewelry box lids, per customer request, but I always thought it was too much. I never did this for my own designs because, I thought, it amounted to excessive ornamentation.
    Beautiful work. Thank you both!

  6. Decent wood art on June 23, 2023 at 1:24 pm

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  7. Carl Davis on June 23, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    I didn’t get to watch live tonight, so I’m watching now. We have our WestTexasWoodWorks club meeting on Thursday this year. Just once a month. Want to thank you guys for teaching me in new skills every week.

  8. Mike Longo on June 23, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Great Show!!!

  9. Pat Hynes on June 23, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Tom, Pat Hynes here from Dublin Ireland I’ve been watching your "shop night live streams" through lockdown here in Dublin; while you are on a bit later here across the Atlantic at 1am to be precise you are well worth the wait up. Your attention to detail and craftsmanship is exceptional and your good-humoured approach in demonstrating the various techniques in the various projects is really marvellous. I’m afraid that there aren’t many cabinetmakers being apprenticed in Ireland these days. About 40 years ago Ireland trained around 36 apprentices annually in the craft of cabinet making in disciplines including Shaker, Federal and Contemporary furniture making. Today in Ireland I think it’s less than 10 per year. Ikea has come to dominate the world of furniture here in Europe. It is great to see you keeping the craft alive and passing on the knowledge to another generation. I have to assume that given your name Tom McLaughlin that there must be some Irish heritage, anyhow keep up the good work it’s really great viewing.

  10. Kerry Snell on June 23, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks Tom for very clear and informative methodology. A lot of woodworking clips are aimed at beginners and it is nice to see your projects and experience aimed at a higher level. Kerry Snell, Auckland, New Zealand

  11. Rick B on June 23, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for showing the guitar neck. I built an acoustic for our son a couple years ago. Fascinating clamping jigs to glue the top and bottoms to the sides, added the inlay lines as you did on this episode, mother of pearl inlays on the neck, etc. Lots of fun and a real stretch for my abilities but it turned out great and he really enjoys it!

  12. Norman Carnahan on June 23, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Great start for 2022! Thanks Kris and Tom. Climb cuts are always scary!

  13. Steve Skope on June 23, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Tom, the other day in the comments, I asked about finishing the table, well, my questions will be answered on this week’s SNL, I read your mind. looking forward to this SNL. Instead of setting back and watching, I wish I could be there in the shop, I sure will be watching, see you later.

  14. Frank Statscewich on June 23, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Too much talking

  15. Kevin Gade on June 23, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Tom. I’ve used Black India ink on walnut to make a black wood. It will raise the grain, so I sand and apply again.

  16. Dan Linsky on June 23, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Late question, watching the replay.. when sanding the lines, how can you keep the ebony dust from getting into the veneer? I had this issue on the contemporary round table. Thanks!