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String Inlay Tools

String Inlay Tools

Veritas String Inlay Tool System

String Inlay Tools
Inlay Groove Cutter and Slicing Tool (Basic Tool)
Used much like a marking gauge, this inlay tool lets you accurately cut narrow grooves in a workpiece as well as neatly slice fine strings from a sheet of veneer. Its interchangeable blade system lets you quickly swap blades to suit the activity.

The hook-shaped blade is designed to cut grooves. Used in a sweeping push-pull motion, it has outlining spurs on one side of the blade to score the groove edges, and a cutting edge on the other to remove material. The result is a very clean, defined groove with no tear-out.

To slice strings of consistent width, the bevel-edged, spear-point blade is used for cutting in either direction. The blades can be offset up to 3-1/4" from the brass fence (or up to 9-1/4" with the optional 10" guide rods). Posts projecting from the fence let you pivot the blade into the work when starting a cut, and also serve as limiters to control cut depth (you can remove the posts to attach a custom radiused wooden sub-fence when working with a curved-edge workpiece).

The basic inlay tool system includes the cutter head, a brass-faced fence and two blades: a 0.032" groove blade and a slicing blade. An additional cutter head (without blades) can be purchased, letting you keep a second blade ready to quickly switch from grooving to slicing or from one groove size to another. The compass center and pencil holder are available separately or in combination with the basic system.

Optional 0.025" and 0.040" groove blades, as well as 10" long steel guide rods, are available separately. All blades are spring steel (hardened to Rc45-50) and double ended; when one edge dulls they can be flipped to expose a second sharp blade.

An excellent tool system for layout, cutting and fitting of string inlay.
Video (5.8 MB)
Instructions
Guide d'instruction
Made in Canada.
Code 325100CartPrice € 99.00
Compass Center
Compass Center with groove cutter
Compass Center with pencilholder
Compass Center
The compass center, used in lieu of the fence, lets the cutter head or pencil holder make circles and arcs with radii from 19 mm (3/4 inch) to 95 mm (3-3/4 inch) (up to 9-3/4 inch with the 10 inch rods). While not strictly required, using a pin awl (available separately) to define the center mark for the compass head makes it easy to position the compass on the workpiece.
Code 325101CartPrice € 17.50
Pencil Holder
Pencil Holder
By replacing the cutter head with the pencil holder, you can draw a design on your work exactly as it will be cut. In addition to providing a line to follow with the cutter, it serves as a dry run to preview how the design will look on your workpiece.
Code 325102CartPrice € 24.50
Pair of 254 mm (10 inch) long Rods
Pair of 254 mm (10 inch) long Rods
The blades of the inlay groove cutter can be offset up to 235 mm (9-1/4 inch) with these guide rods.
Code 325103CartPrice € 12.50
Inlay Groove Blade
Inlay Groove Blade 0.025 inch (0.64 mm) wide
Code 325105CartPrice € 18.50

Repl. Inlay Groove Blade 0.032 inch (0.81 mm) wide
This blade is included in the inlay groove cutter.
Code 325106CartPrice € 18.50

Inlay Groove Blade 0.040 inch (1.02 mm) wide
Code 325107CartPrice € 18.50
Repl. Slicing Blade
Repl. Slicing Blade
This blade is included in the inlay groove cutter.
Code 325108CartPrice € 9.90

Veritas Template Groove Cutter, Inlay Chisel and Pin Awl

Veritas Template Groove Cutter, Inlay Chisel and Pin Awl

With slender handles for pencil-like control, these tools are useful for freehand inlay work and following templates. They are also good complements to the Veritas inlay groove and slicing tool since the groove and chisel tools can be used to clean up, deepen or terminate grooves without widening them.

The template groove cutter is available in 0.025 inch, 0.032 inch and 0.040 inch widths and has a V-notched hook blade that scores the edges of grooves for quickly cutting clean channels. The chisel, available in the same widths, has a 30° bevel, and is used for squaring the ends of a groove or for widening a groove section. The awl has a fine tip for marking centers for compass work, and for nudging uncooperative strings into position.

The ABS/nylon handles are ribbed for sure grip. All measure about 150 mm (6 inch) long. Blades are made of spring steel hardened to Rc48-51.

Template Groove Cutter
Template Groove Cutter 0.025 inch (0.64 mm) wide
Code 325112CartPrice € 19.95

Template Groove Cutter 0.032 inch (0.81 mm) wide
Code 325113CartPrice € 19.95

Template Groove Cutter 0.040 inch (1.02 mm) wide
Code 325114CartPrice € 19.95
Inlay Chisel
Inlay Chisel 0.025 inch (0.64 mm) wide
Code 325115CartPrice € 18.50

Inlay Chisel 0.032 inch (0.81 mm) wide
Code 325116CartPrice € 18.50

Inlay Chisel 0.040 inch (1.02 mm) wide
Code 325117CartPrice € 18.50
Inlay Pin Awl
Inlay Pin Awl
Code 325118CartPrice € 12.90

Veritas Cutter Head for Router Plane

Inlay Cutter Head for Veritas Router Plane
This simple attachment for a Veritas router plane (our item nr. 307860) lets you score a shallow groove to accept inlaid purfling, banding or stringing, taking advantage of the plane’s fence and depth-adjustment mechanism to precisely control groove position and depth.

The cutter head holds a pair of included single-bevel slicing blades that score crisply defined groove outlines across, with or diagonal to the grain. By using a chisel or switching to a standard router plane blade matching or smaller than the width of the desired groove, you can quickly hog out the waste between the scored lines.

An included set of shims and spacers lets you set blade spacing to define groove widths from 1/16 inch to 15/32 inch (1.5mm to 12mm). Set includes five each of four sizes of plastic shims (0.002 inch, 0.005 inch, 0.01 inch, 0.02 inch) and one each of 0.04 inch, 0.08 inch and 0.12 inch steel spacers.

To score a groove parallel to a straight edge, a fence (available as an optional accessory for the Veritas router plane) is used to guide the cutter blades at a consistent offset from the work edge. For following curved edges, a non-marring brass stylus (included with the inlay cutter head) can be threaded onto the fence rod in place of the straight fence.

Replacement blades available (sold individually) on request.
Video (4.5 MB)
Instructions
Guide d'instruction
Code 325120CartPrice € 56.90

Veritas String Inlay Scraper

Veritas String Inlay Scraper
The critical dimension for string inlay material is thickness. If too thick it won’t fit into the groove; too thin, and it will leave an unsightly gap. This tool scrapes veneer – or any narrow, thin stock up to 63 mm (2-1/2 inch) wide – to the exact thickness required.

Instead of a sole that travels on top of the material, it has two skates to elevate the blade from the work surface. This allows the inlay material to pass underneath the tool, and the skates to act as a depth stop for the blade. The blade height is adjusted relative to the work surface and is set to match the width of the inlay groove (just use the thickness of your grooving blade as a shim when setting the blade height; no need to fiddle with micrometers or rulers). The inlay is then scraped until the skates make full contact with the work surface.

The 70 mm (2-3/4 inch) wide blade has two edges ground at 45° so that the blade can be flipped over, reducing the frequency of sharpening sessions. Two brass clamps, tightened with thumbscrews, hold the blade. The skates are 76 mm (3 inch) apart to allow the tool to be skewed to accommodate changing grain direction and prevent chatter marks.

To speed up bulk production of string, the stock can be clamped to a strip of MDF or other flat material and two included pins screwed into the bottom of the scraper to act as guides, keeping the scraper skates on the strip. An accurate and reliable way to achieve exact thickness.

Made of aluminum with brass hardware and wood handles, it is 260 x 76 mm (10-1/4 inch x 3 inch) overall.
Instructions
Guide d'instruction
Code 325125CartPrice € 65.90

Replacement blade is the same as for the regular Veritas Cabinet Scraper (Nr. 307924).
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