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For an uber-slick way to differentiate your latest wood project, try adding some sweet-looking inlay. If you’re clueless on where to start and how to make it work Lie-Nielsen offers an expensive but complete set to get you going.

The set includes a full set of four tools: a radius cutter for cutting curves, a straight-line cutter, a thicknessing gauge for trimming veneer strips to precise thickness, and a slicing gauge for cutting veneer into thin strips. To round out the kit Lie-Nelson has thoughtfully thrown in a pair of radius-cutter extension rods and an instructional DVD, for guys like me who are really excited but have no idea what we’re doing.

The entire set runs around $345 plus shipping. The tools look like they’re of decent quality and the DVD sure couldn’t hurt — though, as with anything Lie-Nelson, you can most likely just get the video by itself and find cheaper tools elsewhere. You really pay a premium for the materials and shiny bits here.

Inlay Tool Set [Lie-Nielsen]


One Response to Lie-Nielsen Inlay Set

  1. fred says:

    As a plumber at heart, remodeler/GC by living, and sometimes furniture maker, I can attest that line and berry / string inlaying is quite a nice skill to master and requires both patience and some artistic ability. I’ve seen a few demos at shows and at least one on TV. I’ve tried some veneering and intarsia with mixed results – but not this sort of inlaying. I’m still at the stage where I’m best at sticking to straight lines and rectilinear patterns. Steve Latt, whose handmade tools are purportedly the basis for the Lie Nielsen products is apparently a master craftsman at this skill. While you might duplicate the function of some of his tools with home made ones, scratch stocks etc. I do not recall seeing anything else yet on the market that duplicates the Lie Nielsen offerings.

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