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Workshop tip: Handy little press for inlay


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When making paterae inlay, I usually end up with clamped blocks all over the shop floor. If you don’t clamp these small veneer patterns flat, they turn into potato chips before you have a chance to use them. Also, I make paterae in batches, and always have extras to store. So I used a press screw from Pony Tools to make this small device for keeping them all flat. To separate individual pieces or groups, I insert melamine spacers.

—JIM SHAPIRO, San Francisco

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #290


Introduction to Wood Veneering

Learn the basics of how to veneer wood in this three-part video series

Six Steps to a Perfect Inlay

A little glue, a sharp knife and a minirouter make inlaying easy

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