Diamond Inlay Banding #1: Make a Picture Frame - Part 1

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 02-14-2013 04:29 PM 3691 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Watch and learn how to make a picture frame with diamond inlay banding. In Part 1 of this woodworking series the woodworker demonstrates of to use a mallet and a chisel to create the mortises of the decorative wooden pyramids. This hand tool work takes place at each miter joint of the picture frame. Once the mortises are made, the woodworker will then have a reference points of where the diamond wood inlay banding will begin and finish.

The wooden pyramids are not glued in at this time. They are only set in place temporarily so that the inlay banding can be accurately measured and fit. The inlay bandings are cut at the band saw and a controlled cut is made with the aid of a band saw cross cut sled. Each cut end of the inlay banding is sanded cleanly prior to be glued into place.

Once all the diamond inlay bandings are cut to length, they are then lightly sanded on their sides if need be so that a good, tight fit can be accomplished. White glue is then carefully applied to the underside of the banding and onto the dado. The inlay banding is now pressed into position. Cauls lined with clear, plastic packaging tape are then laid on each banding and tightly clamped until the glue has time to set.

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 04:53 PM

Nice touch making a NEW frame from a slightly modified OLD frame…
... showing how easy & flexible the process can be… to get different looks.

COOL Technique… Job.

Thank you.

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Bob Simmons

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 06:07 PM

You’re right. Sometimes all it takes is a slight modification to get a great, new look. Yep, easy & flexible. Thanks for watching and sharing your feedback.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 06:26 PM

Hello Bob

Another very instructive video

A lot of experience and a lot a patience to make all this projects

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 09:34 PM

Bob, you won’t believe how much pleasure I get from watching your videos. Perhaps it is the enjoyment we all get from watching others at work – which is why nowadays sensible construction sites have ‘windows’ int their fences for the general public to see what is going on – or just the delight in seeing the care and attention you bring to what you do.

Certainly, as soon as I see ‘The Apprentice and Journeyman’ logo on the LJ’s video list I know I’m in for a treat, and I click on the ‘start’ button with great anticipation.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 05:15 PM

Thanks for taking a look & commenting. Glad you enjoyed the video of this project. Stay tuned for more.
You’re welcome.

Don Johnson…
This is a great compliment & I am grateful.

Not too long ago you asked me to show some finished projects with the inlay banding. As you recall, many of my previous videos showed how to make a number of different inlay bandings.

When creating a how to video my goal is to simply show the viewer how it is done. In a more subtle way, my goal is to present the material to the viewer as if they are the one creating the project. The viewer has their own thoughts & as a result their imagination can fill in the story.

Please excuse me while I print your comment and pin it on my bulletin board as a reminder.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#6 posted 02-15-2013 06:13 PM

Nice work and good video. Good tip making the Center line so they match up on the ends. I didnt do this once and regretted it. Most dont notice but it is the little things we lumberjocks do….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 02-15-2013 08:25 PM

You’re right. Matching the inlay banding to the center of each opening will allow for the inlay banding to be symmetrical and to have a balanced appearance. In the case of the diamond wood inlay banding of this picture frame, decorative wooden pyramids are inlaid at the corners to provide a “break” for the inlay banding pattern.

Thanks for watching & sharing your thoughts.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#8 posted 02-17-2013 02:00 PM

Your videos are always very inspiring, and educational. Appreciate your projects

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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