Baltimore WoodShow - Vendor with a new item -- Inlays

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Blog entry by Karson posted 01-10-2010 01:23 AM 12192 reads 19 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got back from the Baltimore (Timonium) Wood Show, and as I was walking down the last aisle after visiting with LJ member Chuck Bender. I noticed this gentleman sitting on a stool doing some strange things with wood.

His name is Geoffrey Noden. Geoffrey in the man that has his name on the Noden AdjustABench It was in his booth that his wife was looking after the Adjust a bench and he was sitting at a stool in front of this tool.

What this tool does is cut patterns in wood are then assembled as an inlay into solid wood.

The patters are a strip of wood that he cuts on a jig saw with random cuts or in a pattern, what ever you might want.

He takes double edge razor blades that he buys at a drug store, and glues them between the two pieces of wood. (The wood is a little thinner than the blade is wide) So one sharp edge is sticking up. He clamps it to bend the blades to the shape that he has cut in the wood. In this example he might have six or seven different patterns.

They are then cut so you have some wood on each end of the blade,

He has one of the patters mounted in his tool and his fingers are on top of the pattern block.

He is pressing it down to cut his veneer which is end grain cut from regular stock. He likes cherry pieces that he put in a black dye (steel wool and vinagar) to get his jet black pieces.

In this picture, the piece on the right is his stop block that controls the width of the piece that he will cut. The blank is on the left.

The pieces that he cuts are assembled in the order of the design that he is trying to creat.

The tool is not yet on the market. He was hoping for last week so he could have them for sale. But he plans to be at a few of the wood shows.

If you want some additional info when it becomes available send him an e-mail at geoffrey at I changed the presentation so it will not be picted up by spammers.

He hasn’t set a price yet. I gave him a couple of suggestions that would be helpful.

The teeth around the circle are at 5 deg increments and I thought a little gauge that fit in a groove and could give you a 1 deg adjustment could be handy. That way if you made a pattern and you needed to duplicate it you could have a chance. But the placement of the cutter in the tool is also a variable and the direction of the cutter gives you a completley different output.

His veneer is end grain and about 1/16 of an inch thick. he cuts the groove with a dado blade, but he has some circle patterns so I assume that they were done with a router.

He made a chair for a customer that had a circle inlay pattern in the back. The customer wanted him to make 16 chairs so he had to find a way to do that. This tool is what he developed.

He is now trying to make some money with it, while he is trying to sell his benches.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 01:30 AM


-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 01:59 AM

Very cool indeed !I love the patterns he created . Thanks Karson for posting , I’m going to look into this

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 02:01 AM

Thanks Karson… this is another thing that will eventually grace my workshop.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 02:52 AM

Pretty interesting tool , thanks for passing it along Karson. hopefully I can get a close look st the Chantilly show in April. I just checked the date and see there is a show in Frederickburg Va in March…may have to go to that one too!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 02:53 AM

Thanks, That is very interesting.

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 03:02 AM

sick where can i get one right now?

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#7 posted 01-10-2010 03:39 AM

Really extraordinary. Nice work. You will be happy to know that I bought some quick hand clamps for myself. Still don’t know when and how to use them but I heard every good woodworker has them. I’ll display them proudly but I won’t want to use them and scratch them all up. :) Bye for now. I’m getting there.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#8 posted 01-10-2010 04:14 AM

Thanks for sharing this Karson. I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 01-10-2010 04:40 AM

He stated that he planned to be in Chantilly in April. He was going to get someone else to man the Booth so he could go to the KC and St. Louis shows. I don’t know the days of them. He seemed to infer that there were double city shows and he would be only covering one.

I don’t know if it is a month or sooner that this item will be ready to be delivered.

He was looking for a price point of under $200.00

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 01-10-2010 07:01 AM

He is always doing something interesting when I see him at the shows here in Massachusetts. Normally he would be up here this time of year , but I guess the new owners of the show double booked everything. Sadly our show suffered immensely today. Nice post , Karson : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 01-10-2010 07:56 AM

Our show was fully booked. Lots of vendors and the crowds were OK.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 01-10-2010 04:21 PM

Very cool, thanks for keeping us posted with new and cool stuff.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#13 posted 01-10-2010 04:30 PM

Dang it, I missed this. I was at the show, saw his wife raising and lowering the workbenches and he was sitting down. I just walked by, not knowing what he was doing. Your pictures show some really nice inlay.

I need to study this. So this kind of forms a punch? I did not know that razor blades bent this much.

Thanks for paying more attention than I did,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 01-10-2010 05:25 PM

Stefe: I wasnot interested in the bench either. I walked past the first time. The next day I saw a few people looking at what he was doiong so I stopped to look also.

I was then drawn into the details. We talked for over 1/2 an hour.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 01-10-2010 11:21 PM

Nice work Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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