Decorative inlays inlay kits
On this page we'll share with you many of the tips and tricks we've learned over the years while building inlays. Some of these tips may sound pretty lame, like clean up dust before you use double sided tape, but let me tell you, when something goes wrong because of a little thing... >:(
So scroll down and see if you can avoid some of the gotcha's that's got us in the past. We already made the mistakes so you don't have to!
Many of the router templates EZInlays manufactures are only 4" wide. That means the router base isn't fully supported all the time while making cuts. In the post we'll discuss the various options you have for supporting the router during the cutting process.
Plunge Router and Support Base
There are a couple of factors that can lead to this problem. First and foremost is a dull router bit. Like rule 1 of woodworking states: Sharp Tools Cut Best!!!
The other thing to check is if the router bit is centered in the busing. The picture below depicts an offset router bit which can lead to ill fitting inlay pieces. This post discusses how to center the router bit in the bearing to get more accurate cuts.
Non Centered Router Bit
The beauty of an EZInlays inlay kit is you don't need to measure, you just need to create and reference alignment marks.
We utilize two different alignment marking techniques: circles and lines which are discussed in detail on this page.
Circles used for Alignment
Using Lines for Alignment
The type of sanding tool you will want to use depends on the type of inlay being built. One sander I always use is a random orbital (RO) sander. I have two of them but I prefer the Porter Cable sander. I've gone through about 5 sanding pads now so you know it gets used the most.
I like to use my Dremel for sanding inlays with small curves in them
like the stem from RoseBud.