I first came across the concept of template inlays back when I was working on a poker table concept, back in 2009. This was a pretty basic form – a simple shape and a contrasting piece of timber.
What I have come across recently, lifts that basic concept into the stratosphere! It is a similar concept to the multiple templates used with the 3D router carver
Over at Tarter Woodworking, the concept of template inlays has been taken to a logical conclusion – using multiple templates (and the use of different timbers) to create stunning inlay results.
Results like this Clownfish…
which happens to be one of the smaller templates, but is one of my favourites. It is not painted on – it is multiple timbers routed and inlaid.
The templates are very reasonably priced – this clownfish template is a whole $US11.50
Bit of a confession however – I have a few templates here, begging to me to try them out and I haven’t (yet)! I went to do so last weekend, then discovered a slight problem. Having replaced my Triton handheld routers with a Festool, I didn’t have the adapter to fit the Porter Cable-style template guide rings!
That I rectified first thing Monday morning, so I am ready to go as soon as I find a couple of minutes to rub together.
Think I will probably tackle the clownfish first, but then, there is the Monarch butterfly to try. That will take a good assortment of timbers to make the design come to life.
So looking forward to trying these out for myself – this weekend if all goes to plan (and I find my shed again under the mountain of mess and sawdust from last weekend’s rush build)!