Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Cutting Holly Stringing

CJ in MPLS
I have sawn holly to a thickness of about 1/16" thick by about 1" wide. I am working on cutting stringing from these strips. The 1/16" dimension is the width of the holly stringing that will be installed in the piece.

How wide do you cut your holly strips for inlay? Do you try to go for 1/16" square, 1/8", or more?

Also, what do you use to cut your stringing? I've tried a home built cutting tool, a slightly modified cutting gauge, and am about to try the wheeled marking gauge.
Should I go with a power tool and put a fine tooth blade on the bandsaw and rig up a zero clearance base to cut the stringing?

I have had mixed success with my attempts so far which could be because of the crudity of my jury rigged tools, inexperience, or a combination of the two. I have not resorted to crushed mother of pearl and epoxy just yet. ;)

Your thoughts please?

CJ

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