Router inlay box

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Project by mh95 posted 01-31-2014 07:12 PM 3343 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a box that I made last year for my grandparents. It’s made entirely from hardwoods: white oak, walnut, sycamore, bog oak and rosewood. The main features of the project are the router inlay on the lid, fretwork on the sides, and the bog oak splines on the corners.

Here's a video link to show how I made the box.

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 08:09 PM

A very lovely box and gift. Was the router hand held for all the inlay work on the top?

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 08:09 PM

That is so beautiful, I love the combination of techniques used to make the box. Great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 08:40 PM

@Northwest29 actually I attached a router bit to a drill press and moved the work piece around, so technically I didn’t use a router.

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 08:47 PM

I’ve wondered about using a drill press like that. Did you have any problems/ hints for doing that?

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 09:08 PM

@larson1170 to be honest it was over a year ago, so I cannot remember exactly how it went. But what I can recall is that you need to be really slow/patient when routing because it is easy to go over the lines of the pattern. I may have drilled a shallow entry hole for the bit to sit in to begin with.

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 09:11 PM

Once I had routed out all of the required shapes on the lid, I directly photocopied the wood and used the copies as patterns so that I could cut out the inlay pieces on the scroll saw to fit snugly in the holes.

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