Inlay Adventure

As I work my way into the world of video I discover many things. The lesson learned from creating this blog entry is; don’t try to interview someone with a really cool new hand tool at The Woodworking Show in Reading, PA when their booth is fifty feet from the Woodmiser booth.

As alluded to in a previous post, I did in fact film Geoffrey Noden with his latest invention at The Woodworking Show in Reading, PA. In the end, having the sawmill running through a bit more than half of Geoffrey’s dialog about the Noden Inlay Razor basically killed the interview. Just so you know how dedicated I am to passing along information to you, I trekked all the way to another country (Trenton, NJ) earlier this week, risking life and limb to bring you the following interview.

I’ve told you before that I am not on any tool manufacturer’s payroll. If I like a product I’ll tell you. If I don’t I’ll tell you that too. Well, the Inlay Razor is a product I like. It’s a very innovative new tool that has lots of potential uses. While endgrain inlay isn’t exactly traditional, I’ve done a little of it on pieces in the past. This tool makes the process quick, easy, repetitive and fun. I really like the idea of being able to make my own cutters for the tool. I’ve gotten a preview of what Geoffrey and Suzette have on the DVD that comes with the tool and you won’t be disappointed. And for those who don’t want to try their hand at making their own cutters, the Nodens have plans to package cutters of varying shapes to go with some of their online videos for making certain inlays.

Geoffrey and I had a great deal of fun with the interview. I do have a longer version of the video that I can post if enough folks request it. The longer version shows a bit more of the Inlay Razor in use and it also captures more of the fun we had with the interview (as well as shows you where the title of this blog post comes from). What follows gives you a pretty good taste of what the Inlay Razor is all about.

If the product interests you, please visit the Inlay Razor’s website at

This video will also be available on YouTube and BlipTv.

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10 thoughts on “Inlay Adventure

  1. I’d be interested in seeing the longer version of this interview!

  2. I would like to see the whole video if you can. More info on the usage and application would be nice. From the existing video it seems pretty straightforward but more information might be good. Seems like a great tool but is it the most efficient way to make bandings and such. It seems that making a larger block once and sawing off your strips would be faster. Am I misunderstanding the applications of this tool?

    1. Shannon,

      Sure, making packets and slicing is fine for traditional sidegrain edgebanding. It’s easy to do and you can produce a lot of banding from a small amount of material. The major benefit to the Noden Inlay Razor is that you can make designs that just can’t be made in packs. For me, I can make up custom cutters/razors to match a period edgeband or inlay in just the amount I need for a repair. This is extremely productive for me if the edgeband is particularly complex or something that I might not use again for 20 years.

      I see the primary use being custom edgebands and inlays. If you look at the samples on Geoffrey’s site, you’ll see he’s got some pretty creative inlays that would be nearly impossible to make in a stack.

      The longer video has more shots of Geoffrey making inlays. There’s also a fair amount of running commentary on his process (some of which has some machinery noise in it because it was shot at Reading). There’s also a lot more laughing on my part happening in the extended video. We really had a lot of fun. Someday, I’ll make a mint on the “bloopers” DVD.

      I won’t be able to post all the footage but I may be able to whittle it down to 20 minutes give or take of interesting, informative, fun information. Keeping it under 10 minutes kept me within Youtube limits and didn’t hit my server too hard on the bandwidth thing. I’ll see what I can do over the weekend with it.

  3. Hey Chuck

    I spotted Geoff making inlays at Reading but didn’t stop and watch . He had a farily big crowd around him . I’m guessing he uses some type of stop to keep all the pieces consistant in size .

    There’s some cool looking inlays on his site , that curvy inlay has to be the coolest . It almost plays tricks with your eyes , almost 3D looking .

    Is the cutter a single razor or in pairs ?

    1. Jerry,

      He does have a stop set up. I know that’s part of the instructional DVD he’s putting out that goes with the Razor. I may even have some shots of it in the longer video. The Razor uses a single cutter. I think the problem with a double cutter would be build up of material between the two cutters.


      I never said that…

  4. Well at least no one was hurt during the filming! đŸ™‚

  5. Chuck.
    I to would like to see the longer version. I was also wondering about the cutter, double edge razor blade. To look at the picture the cutter looks so much longer than the actual blade you can purchase at the drug store. So is he using two blades joined together or is it just an illusion that the cutter is longer. Personally I think it is a fantastic idea and would love to purchase it when on the market. Could you please find out about the cutter length for I would like to see how easy or difficult it would be to make a cutter.

    Thanks again, August

  6. Geoff and Chuck,
    I just watched the video and I must say that neither of you should quit your day jobs waiting for the phone calls from HollyWOOD,but you may get a call from Comedy Central. All kidding aside; I think its a great device and will be getting one in the near future.
    Give my ” best ” to those ” blessed wives of yours and
    I’m sure we’ll bump into each other at a show sometime soon. May God bless,


    1. Myron,

      And where were you BEFORE I quit my day job?

      I realize it’s nothing compared to a romp in the Grand Canyon, but at least we didn’t get caught eating our National symbol…

      Glad you enjoyed the video. I have more to come if I can ever get enough time to edit them.

  7. I would be interested in seeing the longer video as well as viewing the tool in the flesh. Could you provide a list of places where he will be exhibiting?

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