LEATHER INLAY

Introduction: LEATHER INLAY

About: In my shop I have a name for hammer, saw, and plier. The saw is Tess, the hammer's Joe, and Glumdalclitch is the plier. Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. With that, le…

Did you just say "leather inlay?"

Kink: Yes.

Why?

Kink: Because there is a leather contest.

I guess I should be thankful it wasn't a fertilizer contest.

Step 1: ROUTING THE INLAY GROOVES

I drew a basic border design. I installed a 1/4" router bit. Using a combo square to get distance measurements and blue tape to mark the beginning and end of the bit cut, I routed out the border.

Step 2: SELECTING INLAY THE MATERIAL

I rummaged through my box of hardwood cut-offs and found a dark piece of wood.

Step 3: THE THIN STRIP JIG

No, the thin strip jig is not a dance done by an emaciated burlesque star.

I used a 1/4" piece of plywood to set the jig 1/4" away from the saw blade then cut a bunch of strips by moving the fence with each cut.

Step 4: THINNING THE THICK INLAY

Yes, the strips were too thick and stood proud of the surface. I used my tenoning jig to trim it closer -- then sanded it smooth.

Step 5: THE LEATHER INLAY

Once the wooden inlay was flush, I drew the year in Roman numerals, freehanded the grooves with my hand router, and found an old belt. The back of the belt said Genuine Leather. I was in business. I cut thin strips of leather and super-glued them into the grooves.

Step 6: DECONSTRUCTING THE BOOK

I deconstructed a notebook, cut a bunch of bamboo skewers and glued them through the holes into the back cover.

Step 7: RECONSTRUCTING THE BOOK

I reconstructed the notebook using the bamboo skewers, a piece of scrap wood for the spine, and lots of glue.

Step 8: EVERYTHING HINGES ON THIS

I used old cabinet hinges left from when I changed the hinges on all the kitchen cabinet doors.

https://www.instructables.com/id/TIP-FOR-HANGING-CABINET-DOORS/

Step 9: LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

As usual, all comments appreciated and all questions answered.

KJ

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