Texas Star Inlay

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Blog series by cakman updated 10-17-2013 02:33 PM 3 parts 19859 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Tutorial: How to make a Texas Star and Inlay

10-15-2013 06:56 PM by cakman | 1 comment »

My goal in posting this was to give everyone an idea of how I went about making a Texas Star to use in inlay work. There is probably a better way to do this, but this way is safe and effective and requires few tools. I have seen it done this way once and wanted to attempt it myself. I did not snap pics of the build process but I was able to come up with some drawings in sketchup to illustrate each step. Step 1: Layout The first thing I considered is what wood to use. It is ideal to pick...

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Part 2: Completing the Inlay

10-15-2013 07:02 PM by cakman | 3 comments »

Here is some more progress of the inlay. I started off by lightly tacking the star in the position I wanted and tracing the outline with a sharp knife. Light strokes at first and then gradually deeper. And then using a chisel to remove a little v notch. This allows me to cut slightly deeper with the knife and establishes the outside shoulder of the inlay mortise. It also gives me a visual barrier to look out for on the next step. I chucked up a small straight cutting bit in m...

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Part 3: The finished product

10-17-2013 02:33 PM by cakman | 7 comments »

Okay as promised here are the results….. I’m very happy Here is a picture after I took the clamps off. So far so good. Here is the star planed and sanded flat. Lookin good The weather is nice and I have time. Why don’t I just prep the top for finish. Here is the top sanded to 320 and 400 on the endgrain. With the balcony cleaned here goes the first taste of oil. Danish oil makes everything pop. This was probably my favorite part of this project. ...

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