Ice Cream Cone Inlay Template

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Ice Cream Cone Templates
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Ice Cream Cone:
4" tall, 3" wide
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Coaster Dimensions:
4-1/4" diameter
Ice Cream Cone Templates
What's Included in the Kit
  For $20 you'll receive the Ice Cream Cone inlay template that can be used to add a ice cream cone to your project, cut out as an ornament, or be placed in the center of a coaster. When building a coaster the Ice Cream Cone template is used in conjunction with the Crafters kit.

Build the Ice Cream Cone Decorative Inlay

Build an Ornament or a Coaster

Image of the Ice Cream Cone inlaid into a coaster and cut out as an ornament

  The Ice Cream Cone decorative inlay can be built as coaster or an ornament. The process to build either an ornament or a coaster is basically the same with two minor differences. When building a coaster the alignment marks are created using the Coaster cut out on the Crafters Template. If building an ornament then the Cutout shape on the Ice Cream Cone template is used to create the marks. The other difference is which template will be used to cut out the final shape. If createing a coaster the Crafters template is used, if building an ornament then the Ice Cream Cone template is used.

  These instructions assume you've already built a router based inlay in the past. If you're unfamiliar with Router Based Inlay Procedures please review them prior to building the inlay.

Select the Inlay Materials

Materials used to build the Ice Cream Cone inlay as an ornament

  When selecting the materials for the Ice Cream Cone pick a color that represents your favorite flavor of ice cream for the ice cream portion of the design. In these examples I went for a strawberry and chocolate flavored look. For the cone I like a brown colored wood with a pronounced verticle grain pattern. Although in the coaster build I wanted to see if I could create a waffle cone look so I chose Lacewood. For the base material choose a color that contrasts well with the materials selected for the cone and ice cream shapes.

  You want the base material to be at least 1/4" thick but not more than 3/8". Much thicker than that and it will be difficult to cut out using the plunge router. If you're building a coaster find a piece of wood that is flat or else your coaster will rock a little when set flat!

  Prepare the inlay materials by using double sided tape and affixing them to a backing material. Refer to the Prepare Inlay Materials tutorial if needed.

The following materials were used to build the Ice Cream Cone Coaster and Ornament

Ornament
    * Brazillion Cherry 4" x 3" x 1/8" - Cone cutout
    * Maple 4" x 3" x 1/8" - Ice cream cutout
    * YellowHeart 5" x 4" x 1/4" - Base material

Coaster
    * Lacewood 4" x 3" x 1/8" - Cone cutout
    * Walnut 4" x 3" x 1/8" - Ice cream cutout
    * Aniegre 5" x 5" x 1/4" - Coaster base material

Create the Alignment Marks & Trace Out the Shapes

Base Materials marked with alignment marks

  After selecting the inlay materials outline where each shape will be cut from. For the cone select a verticle grain pattern or in the case of the Lacewood something that looks appealing to you. As for the ice cream section slide the cutout on the template over the material until you find a pattern you like. Grain orientation for the base material and coaster is just whateve you like.

  To create the alignment for the coaster place the Coaster cutout, from the Crafters template, on the base material. Draw out the circle where the coater will be cut from and draw notches where the alignment marks will go. Then use the edge of the template to exten the marks.

  To create the marks for the ornament use the Cutout shape on the Ice Cream Cone template to trace out the overal shape to be cut out. Notch where the alignment marks will go and then use the edge of the template to extend the marks. The base material should look like the pictures after the shape and alignment marks are traced on it.

Cut the L1 Void, for the Cone, in the Base Material

Base Materials marked with alignment marks

  The same procedure is used regardless of it creating a coaster or an ornament for this step.

  Use the alignment marks to position the L1 shape on the base material. Use double sided tape to affix the template to the inlay material. Clamp the entire assembly to the workbench. Prepare the router to cut a void by taking the BUSHING OFF and setting the depth of plunge to create a void as deep as the inlay materil is thick without cutting all the way through the base material. Cut the void using the Cutting Voids procedure.

Cut the L1 Inlay and Assemble It Into the Void

Base Materials marked with alignment marks

  The same procedure is used regardless of it creating a coaster or an ornament for this step.

  Align the L1 shape on the inlay material. Use double sided tape to affix the template to the inlay material. Clamp the entire assembly to the workbench. Prepare the router to cut an inlay by putting the BUSHING ON and setting the depth of plunge to cut a void into the base material. Cut the void using the Cutting Voids procedure.

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