Decorative inlays inlay kits

Instructions for Building Any Inlay --- Attaching Templates

Affix Template and Secure to Workbench

WHAT you're doing:

After the materials have been properly prepared affix the template to the material.  Then clamp the assembly to the workbench.

Positioning and Affixing the Template

WHAT you're doing:

  • Aligning and affixing the template over the material to be cut.

 

WHY you're doing it:

  • The inlay template will guide the router around the shape being cut out. Pay attention to grain direction and special features you want to include into your inlay.
  • Hold the template securely against the material to prevent it from shifting during the cutting process.
    • A shifting template can make the inlay a wonky shape, ruining the piece.

 

HOW to do it:

  • Place the void in the template over the area of the material you want cut.
    •   If a specific wood grain pattern is desired for the piece being cut make sure it is centered in the hole of the template.
  • Use a pencil to trace the shapes outline onto the inlay material to see where tape can be applied.
    • You need to know where to put the double sided tape because tape in holes doesn’t do any good.
  • Put tape near the edges of the shapes to be cut.
    • If there are holes in the inlay material place tape in areas that will be covered by the template.
  • Add enough tape to firmly hold the template in place.
    • Keep tape out of the void area where the router will be cutting because the tape tends to stick to the router bit making the cut difficult
  • Peel the blue vinyl from the tape.
  • Align the template and press FIRMLY into place.
Use double sided tape to securly affix the inlay template to the inlay material so nothing moves during the routing process

Tape applied to the template

An image showing the inlay template securlely affixed to the inlay material with emphasis on placement for optimal results.

Template attached over interesting area

Secure Assembly to Workbench

WHAT you're doing:

  • Securing the material and affixed template to the workbench.

 

WHY you're doing it:

  • To hold the inlay material assembly securely to the workbench.
    • Remember NOTHING but the router moves during the cutting process!!!
    • A shifting assembly can make you jump, or flinch, which can ruin the piece.

 

HOW to do it:

  • Clamp the assembly to the workbench
    • Make sure the clamps do not interfere with the router base when cutting out the inlay shape.
Securely clamp the inlay materials and template to the workbench so nothing but the router moves during the cutting process

Assembly clamped to the workbench

Clean the Work Space of Dust and Debris

WHAT you're doing:

  • Removing dust, wood chips, and other gunk from the work area and tools.

 

WHY you're doing it:

  • If there is dust in the area, the tape will stick to it and not to the surfaces that you want held in place.
    • If the template moves during the routing process the inlay will be ruined (as pointed out in the picture).
    • As we all know... clean tools just work better.

 

HOW to do it:

  • Use a shop vac to suck up, or an air compressor to blow away the dust and debris from your work area.
  • Use a shop vac and a pick to clean debris from the router bushing kit.
This image shows what happens when the template moves during the routing process.  The inlay peice was ruined and had to be cut out again

Template moved when routing

An image showing dust and debris in the brass routing kit.  This material needed to be cleaned out, using a shop vac, to make the routing proces

Debris in the router bushing

Use double sided tape to securly affix the inlay template to the inlay material so nothing moves during the routing process
An image showing the inlay template securlely affixed to the inlay material with emphasis on placement for optimal results.
Securely clamp the inlay materials and template to the workbench so nothing but the router moves during the cutting process
This image shows what happens when the template moves during the routing process.  The inlay peice was ruined and had to be cut out again
An image showing dust and debris in the brass routing kit.  This material needed to be cleaned out, using a shop vac, to make the routing proces
Use double sided tape to securly affix the inlay template to the inlay material so nothing moves during the routing process
An image showing the inlay template securlely affixed to the inlay material with emphasis on placement for optimal results.
Securely clamp the inlay materials and template to the workbench so nothing but the router moves during the cutting process
This image shows what happens when the template moves during the routing process.  The inlay peice was ruined and had to be cut out again
An image showing dust and debris in the brass routing kit.  This material needed to be cleaned out, using a shop vac, to make the routing proces
Use double sided tape to securly affix the inlay template to the inlay material so nothing moves during the routing process
An image showing the inlay template securlely affixed to the inlay material with emphasis on placement for optimal results.
Securely clamp the inlay materials and template to the workbench so nothing but the router moves during the cutting process
This image shows what happens when the template moves during the routing process.  The inlay peice was ruined and had to be cut out again
An image showing dust and debris in the brass routing kit.  This material needed to be cleaned out, using a shop vac, to make the routing proces