Info

Tedswoodworking Plans

16.000 Woodworking Plans and Projects

Get Instant Access

your inlay design.

the knife marks freehand using a Dremel Moto-tool fitted with a router base and a small bit. A small router or a small chisel will work. too.

1 make the cut slightly shallower than the thickness of the inlay, which should be around lu, in. thick. Then I clean up any remaining waste to the incised lines with small chisels and caning t<x)ls.

To make the inlay, I first use rub ber cement to glue the inlay material between layers of thin model-maker's plywood (available at craft stores). This "sandwich" gives the inlay stability for cutting to shape. Then, with a soft pencil on thin tracing paper, I make a paper rubbing of the cavities that I've cut. I glue this paper to the top of the "sandwich" with white glue, and to keep the stack from creeping, I bind the outer edges with veneer tape.

1 use a jeweler's saw (a coping saw will work, too) and a shop-made "bird's mouth" to cut out the design. (See photo.) Alter I cut out the design. I use files and emery boards to bevel the edges slightly. Then I carefully remove the plywood with a thin palette knife (available at art supply-stores) dipped in acetone.

To install the inlay, I spread glue into the cavity and clamp the inlay into place using waxed paper and wood cauls. When the glue has dried, I level the design with a scraper and light sanding.—CIA

a block plane to fit the grooves in the cabinet. I planed it for a slightly loose fit in the grooves—any binding would make it difficult to access the secret drawer.

Next, I made the sliding dovetail key (see Fig. 1) from a scrap of walnut. 1 fit the key to the dovetailed recess in the cabinet's bottom, and then I used a gouge to carve a depression for a finger pull in the key's top surface. With the back in place, I marked the mortise location for the key, and then 1 chiseled the mortise in the back, being carcful not to go through the poplar.

With the major construction complete, I was ready to install the hardware. (See Sources.) I hand-planed the door to fit the opening in the cabinet, chiseled mortises for the hinges and lock, installed the lock and hung the door. Then I cut the mortise in the side for the lock and drilled for the escutcheon pins and the drawer knobs.

The knobs arc graduated in size to give a balanced look to the bank of drawers. When buying your knobs, make sure they don't project more than \ in. or they'll interfere with the door as it closes.

The pull for the secret drawer is a simple loop of leather lacing pulled through a carved hole in the drawer front and knotted in the back.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing

The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing

Wood finishing can be tricky and after spending hours on building your project you want to be sure that you get the best outcome possible. In The Complete Guide To Wood Finishing you will learn how to get beautiful, professional results no matter what your project is, even if you have never tried your hand at wood finishing before. You will learn about every step in the wood finishing process from a professional wood finisher with years of experience.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment