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So I'm not new to woodworking but guide bushings are something new.So I'm guess I'm asking if I went about this right.My main concern is matching the radius on all 3 levels.
Task: For my dinning room table I am using a southwestern design. I'm making the "legs" out of layered Ponderosa Pine and African Mahogany .
I started with a template and a top bearing bit to make the fist cut halfway thru the piece. next I wanted to shadow that cut cutting completely thru the piece. I chose a bushing that matched the radius of the bearing bit.



next step is a groove to inlay turquoise that matches the pattern and the radius of the last step and this is cut on the Mahogany I turned over the piece and cut a template with the bearing bit . Used the template with the bushing and straight bit and cut the
groove in the Mahogany.



end result is I got what I wanted .


Was this the easiest way ? I couldn't see any other way.

here is a setup of how it will fit together

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Having successfully mastered the technique Bob, why consider other methods.

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Bob, I do not think there is an easier way than the one you used but that is the beauty of the forums... there is always someone who comes up with a different method. I am curious to know more about the turquois inlay?

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I'll post on the inlay a little later. I bought some ...epoxy like material called Inlace and some small turquoise pieces. I figure the contrast between the Mahogany and the turquoise should work. Possibly inlay some nice Spanish 12" tiles for trivets on the top ?
I usually start with an idea and the details change.
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Having successfully mastered the technique Bob, why consider other methods.
Since I've just started to use the guides ,and more often now templates,
I'm always looking to learn. Something I might miss to a more experienced woodworker would seem second nature. I've picked up a lot here just looking around

and thans for that
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Bob, I do not think there is an easier way than the one you used but that is the beauty of the forums... there is always someone who comes up with a different method. I am curious to know more about the turquois inlay?
Just an update on the inlay. Works great !!! The product Inlace, is a colored resin which you mix with hardener and in this case I added turquoise nuggets.Easy to fill the routed groove and I was amazed with how easy it sanded down.

Here is a link to my photo bucket folder of the project.
dinning room table pictures by bob14_08 - Photobucket

I'd like to post more as the project continues .Is there a proper spot on the forum ?
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Just an update on the inlay. Works great !!! The product Inlace, is a colored resin which you mix with hardener and in this case I added turquoise nuggets.Easy to fill the routed groove and I was amazed with how easy it sanded down.

Here is a link to my photo bucket folder of the project.
dinning room table pictures by bob14_08 - Photobucket

I'd like to post more as the project continues .Is there a proper spot on the forum ?
Hi Bob:

Nicely done. I'm going to take a different view of the job. I'd like to see how you made the template. I.e. how you measured it out and cut it. I'm especially intrigued with how you matched the radii so nicely -- "common centre point?" What sized bits did you use with your guide?

As for a better way, I've thought about it and can find no better way to do it. I'd be inclined to use one template for all cuts but that offers no advantage over your method.

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Hi Bob:

Nicely done. I'm going to take a different view of the job. I'd like to see how you made the template. I.e. how you measured it out and cut it. I'm especially intrigued with how you matched the radii so nicely -- "common centre point?" What sized bits did you use with your guide?

As for a better way, I've thought about it and can find no better way to do it. I'd be inclined to use one template for all cuts but that offers no advantage over your method.
Me, too.
The inlay is really nice.
I can see the templates themselves making a neat mirror frame.

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Hi Bob,

I am waiting to see it with finish on it. It should really bring out the color in the Mahogany and show a good contrast to the Ponderosa Pine and Inlay.

Looks good so far.

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