String inlaid box #3: Making the stringing

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 04-07-2013 03:22 AM 5075 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Welcome again,

I left off last time cutting grooves with the grooving tools. Well I am done cutting half of the grooves. I am going to cut half of them, and then inlay them, then cut the other half. I am doing this, because over the last few months, I have bee playing with this pattern, and I have found that if I cut the crossing grooves at the same time, the chance of mychipping out material is far greater, as well as putting in the stringing is more difficult and requires more cutting. This way, I glue in one peice, and then cut the next groove, cutting into the stringing and then glue in the next stringing. Make sense? Dont worry, you will see soon enough.

Anyways, back to the stringing. My grooves are 0.032”. So I took some 3/4 maple, and cut a really thin strip off with my table saw. Its close, but in the world of 0.000” close really means nothing at all…. so thats why I have the thickness tool. I set the depth by putting the tool on a flat surface, and then putting the cutter head under the blade, and setting the blade down right on top of the cutter, thus setting the depth to exactly the width of the cutter. Its basically a scraper with a depth stop.

In playing with it, I have found (just like any scraper) if it is skewed a little it works much nicer.

Here is the result..

Next I replace the cutter blade with a slicing blade in the groove cutter and tape my work piece to the edge of a board and slice off stringings.

Cut to length, test fit, glue….

Now to scrape them flush

Nasty, a dull, dingey, glued on, icky scraper… so I bought and used a new one instead of cleaning it up.

I have a very busy week coming a head of me, so I do not know if I will be getting any bending done, but I will post when I do.

Thanks for reading.

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Jim Rowe

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 01:42 PM

Very neat! Is your thicknessing tool your own creation?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 05:24 PM

Jim, all the string and inlay tools are Veritas.,43314&ap=1

I also bought a second cutter head and cutter, so I can have one on the groove cutter and one on the compass point, so I can do all the groove cutting without having to adjust the tools constantly.

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Jim Rowe

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 05:51 PM

Nice set of tools! I have a similar set from LN. Haven’t used them much, so far!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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