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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Nice job on the video Brian. I do have a comment on attaching the melamine, mdf or plywood. I have been using the confirmat screws and the drill bit that is required. I will tell you that I will not go back to regular screws when assembling sheet goods, especially mdf. The screws are easily instralled and pull the joint together really nice. I have not had 1 joint fail nor split when assembling. Using the confirmat screws is just like any other screw. The drill bit for the pilot hole has the correctly sized countersink built in. I purchase them from McFeeleys and yeah they are a little expensive but the plus is not as many screws are needed for assembling. There are different sizes for the different thicknesses of material to be joined. My experience is only with the screws for 3/4" material.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Now I know 20x more than I did about melemine ;-)) Nice video. What is the point about the screws? Use hardened steel because regular wood screws break too easily?
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Brian - Great job on the video. Lots of good information and well presented. Regarding the sharp edges on the freshly cut melamine, I keep a small block of MDF with self-adhesive sandpaper handy to quickly run over the edges right after they're cut. It can slow down the production flow a little but, it reduces the sliced fingers if you don't wear gloves when your handling the melamine during assembly.

I'll be looking forward to more of your videos.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
MedicKen: I was not aware that McFeeleys carries confirmat bits and screws. (I buy most of my fasteners from McFeeleys.) Either I just never noticed, or they have started carrying them recently (within the last year). Their kits and bits look reasonably priced compared to what I have been quoted by local suppliers. Perhaps I will give these a try. Thanks for the tip.

TopamaxSurvivor: Yes, because the drywall screws and the general purpose screws snap, not very often, only when it is most inconvenient. :) I have yet to break one of the hardened steel screws. I also find that the philips head can strip and that it is easy to slip the driver. The hardened screws have a square drive, which does not strip easily.

Jack: Good tip on softening the edges. I used to use gloves when handling, but I forgot to take them off a couple of times before using the table saw (very bad!), so I quit wearing the gloves.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Hey Brian
Nice video good primer om melamine . I would add that melamine cabinets can be made with dado and rabbit joinery with out screws but screws are more common in production work. Rue glue is different than yellow glue in that it's softer and more flexible than yellow glue.There are other brands of melamine glue such as Titebond melamine and Franklin melamine . Any gluing of melamine should be with a melamine glue yellow glue does not work any where close to as well
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Brain, this is another nice video. I remember seeing the original version but it certainly was nice to see it again.
Thanks for taking the time and effort to produce these videos. I know that they tend to slow down production but they are helpful and informative.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Great video and great timing. I am using some melamine for a router table top in my table saws extension wing.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Thanks everyone!

Jim: Thanks for mentioning dados/rabbets. I have used dados/rabbets before, for a tablesaw workstation (before I got my Saw Stop). I think that the reason dado/rabbet joinery is not used to often with melamine is that cabinet shops that use melamine are using "system 32" (Euro/framless) for fast production. One other thing that I have heard-and perhaps you know more that I do about it and can comment on it-is that the strength of a melamine panel is compromised by cutting a dado in it. The argument is that the melamine coating also adds strength to the panel the same way the skins on a torsion box do. On the other hand, it seems that if a box is constructed correctly that any loss in strength is regained when it is assembled.

One tip I did learn when making the workstation using dados/rabbets, is to do the edge banding before cutting the dados/rabbets. It is easier than having to trim by hand. Also be careful when inserting and removing panels into dados, as the melamine is brittle and can easily chip.

Thanks again.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Hey Brian
I thinks your 100% correct about "fast production" That's kind of been the whole point in screwing them together and with melamine glue it's an acceptable production cabinet . I've used dado and rabbit construction on a lot of melamine projects with out any structural issues. I was not trying to lessen the points you made in your great video just thought I'd add an alternative,even though a lot of folks like the quickest way to build cabinets. I really appreciate the time and effort put forth in making a well produced an very informative video. Good point about banding before dadoing.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Brian, Thank you for putting this together! Very educational.
I sure hope this video stays on here for along time…so much to learn, so little time. I've watched this three times and each time I pick up more information. It stopped one expensive mistake before I commited it.
What an education this web site is! Thank you! Thank All of you! Rand
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Great Stuff Brian! I liked the Ikea part, Its like a bad dream where your being captured by IKEA agents and you find yourself sitting up in bed Screaming NOOOOOOOOO.
Anyway I need a refresher course .

Thanks for posting this video you done good !
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Brian , all I can get is the audio portion of your video at this time …..The area where the video should be is a blank , white screen which at first I thought you were filming a sheet of Melamine LOL
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

Here is the link: Working with Melamine
Hi Brian , I received your PM and gave this another try and it worked perfectly today. The only thing I couldn't do was make it go to full screen mode.Do I need to download that specific player for that feature to work ? Thanks….this was another informative video : )
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

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I think you need to be on U tube's site to go full screen, not on the link.
 

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This is a re-edit of the video that got me started doing videos. Unfortunately I knew very little about shooting and editing video at the time. In fact, I shot the video with a web cam, so the video quality is poor in parts. The re-edit gives it a nice face lift, but perhaps in the future, when I run low on topics, I can re-shoot the video. (Full steam ahead on Router Inlay!)

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God bless my wife, she hates IKEA more than me.

Nice vid!
 

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Here it is. My next video… finally!

I feel like I got over a lot of learning curves on this one. I found this a particularly challenging subject to present because router inlay can get involved and there are often several ways to go about the different steps. Trying to cram all that into a video, however, is more likely to discourage folks from trying router inlay. My goal in this video was to present the essential knowledge and skills that one can start building on, thereby removing the intimidation factor. If you say to yourself while watching this video "That does not look so hard to do", then I have done my job.

Special thanks go out to Todd Clippinger for all his help. It seems that, in spite of being insanely busy, he is always available to bounce ideas off of. :)

Oh, and there is a small tribute at the beginning, to a master from whom I have gotten a lot of inspiration. :)

Here is a direct link to the video:

http://brianhavens.us/resource/router-inlay-basics

Enjoy
 

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Here it is. My next video… finally!

I feel like I got over a lot of learning curves on this one. I found this a particularly challenging subject to present because router inlay can get involved and there are often several ways to go about the different steps. Trying to cram all that into a video, however, is more likely to discourage folks from trying router inlay. My goal in this video was to present the essential knowledge and skills that one can start building on, thereby removing the intimidation factor. If you say to yourself while watching this video "That does not look so hard to do", then I have done my job.

Special thanks go out to Todd Clippinger for all his help. It seems that, in spite of being insanely busy, he is always available to bounce ideas off of. :)

Oh, and there is a small tribute at the beginning, to a master from whom I have gotten a lot of inspiration. :)

Here is a direct link to the video:

http://brianhavens.us/resource/router-inlay-basics

Enjoy
Just watched your video. Top notch, it was very clear and certainly made the whole thing seem easy. I know for certain I'll be attempting some inlay work in the future.
 

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Here it is. My next video… finally!

I feel like I got over a lot of learning curves on this one. I found this a particularly challenging subject to present because router inlay can get involved and there are often several ways to go about the different steps. Trying to cram all that into a video, however, is more likely to discourage folks from trying router inlay. My goal in this video was to present the essential knowledge and skills that one can start building on, thereby removing the intimidation factor. If you say to yourself while watching this video "That does not look so hard to do", then I have done my job.

Special thanks go out to Todd Clippinger for all his help. It seems that, in spite of being insanely busy, he is always available to bounce ideas off of. :)

Oh, and there is a small tribute at the beginning, to a master from whom I have gotten a lot of inspiration. :)

Here is a direct link to the video:

http://brianhavens.us/resource/router-inlay-basics

Enjoy
Brian Great video it kept my attention & I am no longer Intimidated… In fact I'm ordering my router inlay kit now!!!
 

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Here it is. My next video… finally!

I feel like I got over a lot of learning curves on this one. I found this a particularly challenging subject to present because router inlay can get involved and there are often several ways to go about the different steps. Trying to cram all that into a video, however, is more likely to discourage folks from trying router inlay. My goal in this video was to present the essential knowledge and skills that one can start building on, thereby removing the intimidation factor. If you say to yourself while watching this video "That does not look so hard to do", then I have done my job.

Special thanks go out to Todd Clippinger for all his help. It seems that, in spite of being insanely busy, he is always available to bounce ideas off of. :)

Oh, and there is a small tribute at the beginning, to a master from whom I have gotten a lot of inspiration. :)

Here is a direct link to the video:

http://brianhavens.us/resource/router-inlay-basics

Enjoy
Good Job Brian,

I sometimes use a Dado clean out bit to clean out the negative. Keep the videos coming, looks like the boys like to help. Don
 
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