The strength and beauty of block rims can be improved with the use of wood inlays. Stength is increased when you inlay wood strips over the areas where block rim pieces meet. The rim lathe is made capable of this task by attaching a router or laminate trimmer to the cross slides. The following images and descriptions show the basic idea.
Maple Rim with Decorative Splines and Purfling
23 Nov 2004