...an inlay for a hardwood floor?????? "You got it!"
This challenge came from a wonderful general contractor I work with. They were working on a floor that needed a new inlay to match several existing ones elsewhere in the home. I got a snap shot with a cell phone and a basic drawing with measurements. It took me a couple days to ponder the best approach of how to make 200 identical pieces in order to fit together. But after some Google action, I came up with a jig that turned out perfect pieces.
The full story and lots of pics after the jump....
I made the sled to ride in the slots on the table saw, and put a fence at 45 degrees. A bit of trial and error to get it PERFECT. If you do a bit of math......... .1 degrees off on this angle, multiplied times 200, equals a REALLY crappy mess. Taking the time to get this right is VERY important. A stop block to the right of the blade, and bada bing! 200 little triangles.
Now comes the glue up. There are 5 rows of 10 squares. Each row is separated by a .75" spacer. I made another jig for glue up. (Actually I made 3, so I could keep rolling along without to many delays while the glue dried)
I hope to get a picture of it fully finished and installed down the road, but I'm just the shop guy on this one. I may never actually see it installed. I'll cross my fingers though. :)
See anything that I missed? Hit me up with questions or suggestions!