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  2. A range of inlay template designs are available, which can be viewed on the Trend website. Templates allow patterns to be copied and repeated into timber. Using the inlay kit, a patch can be made using the same template, producing a precise fit into the pocket.

Alternatively, the inlay kit can be used with a hand-made template, so that a unique design could be made. The minimum clearance needed in the template for the guide bush collar is 14.5mm.

The inlay kit Ref. INLAY/KIT/A includes a guide bush, an inlay collar and a 3.2mm down-cut spiral cutter, to create a clean finish on the material face.
A sub-base may be required for certain makes and models of router where Trend guide bushes do not fit directly.

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  3. Contrasting colours of timber can be used to accentuate the pattern. The material for the inlay patches does not need be very thick, just a few millimetres. It is advisable that some spare insert material is available.
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  4. For this project, I have chosen to use the heart shaped template Ref. TEMP/IN/HEA.
The height and centre positions for the inlays were calculated and lightly marked on the work-piece with a pencil. Technical note: The finished size will be 6.3mm smaller all the way around the template if the Inlay kit is being used, due to the guide-bush/collar offset.

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  5. To hold the template in place, a couple of strips of sheet material were cut, one with a section cut to snugly house part of the template. The strips must be no thicker than the template and long enough to clamp to the edge of the work-piece (see inset photo). This method allows the template to be held remotely and avoid any clamps from obstructing the path of the router base.
Alternatively the template could be fixed down with double sided-tape, but care should be taken to ensure that the template is held sufficiently.

The work-piece should also be fixed to the workbench.

     
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