Decorative banding within moulding adds a distinctive detail.
By Rutager West
For my very first veneer project, I decided to make a curved-top jewelry box. I knew I would need to use solid wood on the edges to protect the fragile veneer and I also wanted to embellish the box with some geometric inlay bands. At the same time I was drawing up some inlay ideas, I was staring at a new moulding plane that was on my bench. A light bulb went off in my head and I thought, “why not make my edgebanding from my inlay blank?”
The process seemed easy enough: Cut a rabbet in the corner and fill it with a thick slice from my inlay packet then run the profile with my new plane or a router bit. Well, I did a bit more thinking and realized that many if not most profile bits and planes cut at 45˚ degrees, so just placing the banding in the rabbet at 90˚ and cutting a profile that slants at 45˚ would skew the inlay detail – it would be longer on the side.
Wood: Buy ebony and holly blanks to make your own inlay banding.
Article: Learn how to make diamond-shaped inlay banding from Rob Millard in an article from our October 2011 issue.
Article: Read a review from our April 2008 issue of the Bridge City moulding plane used by the author in this article.
In Our Store: “Woodworker’s Guide to Veneering and Inlay,” a 168-page book by Jonathan Benson.
In Our Store: “Creating Veneer, Marquetry & Inlay” DVD, a compilation of nine videos from master craftsmen. Read more