The Straight Line Cutter is for scribing inlay grooves parallel to an edge to receive a piece of stringing. It cuts grooves of various thickness depending upon the cutter. Maximum cutting distance from edge is 4 1/8" (10.47cm).
Hard Maple body and shaft. Blades are made from Swedish Spring Steel. Other parts are Brass and Steel. Blade Specs: Blades are made of Spring Steel hardened to RC 52. The standard blade is .032" (.762mm) thick. Thicker blades (.041", .055", and .062") are also available. Thicker blades are hardened to Rc 45-50.
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Our collaboration with Educator/ Cabinetmaker, Steve Latta, began in 2006, when he approached us about designing a selection of inlay tools based on the tools he’d developed over many years of studying and creating 18th century furniture. Our inlay tools are the first commercially available tools designed specifically for stringing inlay. These tools cut precisely and are easily adjusted. Additional blade thickness offer maximum design flexibility.
When disassembling, be careful not to lose the spacer & pressure pad under the thumbscrew that locks the beam.
Oddly, cutting cross-grain is easier than cutting with the grain because the freed wood particles are small and do not tend to clog the groove or interfere with the path of the tool. Still, blow away particles as they build on the surface. When going with the grain, be very conscious of shavings building up in the groove or in the cutting teeth. Check for these often and remove them when present. They can clog a groove and deflect the cutting action. They can also inhibit the depth of cut leading to a rough or rounded edge. If tearing seems to be occurring, examine the tips of the teeth. If there are any flat spots, indicated by a reflection at the very tip of a tooth, the point needs to be re-established Keep in mind that soft or spongy woods are more prone to tearing.
For more information on using the Straight Line Cutter and how to use stringing inlay in your work, we recommend Steve Latta’s DVD Fundamentals of Inlay: Stringing, Line & Berry.
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.
Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.