After seeing the video that Vaughn posted >> HERE << of a very talented young man, AlexL aged eleven.
I was watching his well done demo of how to make a Celtic Knot pen and I thought, "I can do that"
The tip that I gained the most from, was when cutting for the inlay piece, to not cut all the way through, this certainly has made things MUCH easier.
OK, I started out with a simple maple blank, a little under 3/4"
Attachment 24883 Attachment 24884
I also cut some Purple Heart, to use as the inlay.
I did not use the bandsaw to make the cut, I used my SCMS to make the cut. I do not know if any other saws have this function, I'd have to think they would. I can set the depth of cut for the saw, so I put a piece of plywood on the saw, to give me a flat base, and another piece to bring the blank to be cut away from the fence a bit, then I set the saw to 45 degrees, and set the depth of cut, to just not cut through the blank all the way. Since I'm a beginner on this stuff, I also numbered each side of blank, so I could keep track.
Ready to make the first cut
First cut made!
I then glued the inlay in place, using medium CA glue, and then pared off the extra wood to make the blank square again.
Attachment 24889 Attachment 24890 Attachment 24891
Ready to make the 2nd cut, 2nd cut made, 2nd inlay glued in place..........