Template Inlays

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…

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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

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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.

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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)!

Hail to the Chef

Had a busy weekend out in the shed, madly making sawdust (which is always a good thing!)

In this case though, it hasn’t generated much content for this site, as it was for the next edition of The Shed magazine.

Here are a couple of the images from the build, but if you want the full article, it will be in the next edition of The Shed (NZ/Aus edition).  If previous writeups are anything to go on, it gets about 9 pages which is pretty awesome!

A fun build – took a weekend to complete, and that is with lots of on the fly design decisions and problem solving.  I quite enjoy building without plans, and just designing as I go.  It throws up all kinds of interesting issues, and solutions that would not have been seen if it had been a sterile, plan-following build.  I’m not saying there isn’t a place for pre-build design, in fact that is the recommended route 99 times out of 100.  I just happen to enjoy the challenges of working with that 1%!

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The unit was even thrown into action before I even had had a chance to finish it!  Needless to say, that has been resolved now, using Ubeaut FoodPlus mineral oil.  Came up a treat, and really useful to boot!

Festool Vecturo OS400

Had to happen one day! Festool have entered the high speed oscillating tool arena with the Vecturo.

I find high speed oscillating tools exceptionally handy, but as mine have been at the budget end of the spectrum, they have developed issues (specifically around the retention bolt in each case- vibration will do that to you!)

Saw this on YouTube. Now on my “must get” list!

No idea if and when available down under- may be here already, may be 6 months away!

SSYTC076 Ordering SawStop Online

Gave the I Wood Like website a run today, specifically around their new online shopping cart.

Very seamless and easy way to purchase blades, brakes, inserts, even entire machines (both SawStop and MiniMax).

The blade purchased will be the subject of an upcoming review.

Details of delivery address and payment details have been removed from the video, for obvious reasons!!

SSYTC075 Timelapse 3D Print

The danger of the internet (and YouTube)

Disclaimer before I begin: this is one of the stupidest, most dangerous builds I have seen in a long time. I am only referencing the video because of that, not because it has any merit whatsoever.

This person’s channel has about 24000 followers. My YouTube channel currently has about 400 (I haven’t tried promoting my videos on YouTube at all, perhaps this is an example of why not).

What is perhaps the most shocking of all, is the massive number of comments, all complementing the build, and wanting to emulate/duplicate it.

Even those concerned with the safety aspects have missed the fundamental safety issues with the design.

Want to learn how to remove one’s hand? Watch how the ‘saw’ is used at the end. Sadly, the person shows some skill with the build, further disguising the fact for the unaware just how dangerous the device is that has been created.

24000 followers. And the video has been watched 840000 times.

How many of these have become candidates for the Darwin Awards?

Saw Slider

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Another early look at the recently-released SawStop sliding table upgrade. Available in the US now, it will be in Australia Feb 2015.

Not sure of price yet.

That is a lot of range for a sliding table!

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