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Project by scrounger posted 05-30-2014 01:52 AM 1492 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was my 2nd attempt at inlaying something in the lid of a box. I really enjoyed doing the first so decided to try again. Once again, a couple of boo boos but overall I think it was an improvement over the first. The box is all Cherry and the inlay is a combination of Cherry, Walnut, and Maple. The design was originally found on a flooring sample piece with a star in the middle and I substituted the star with their initial.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 02:28 AM

That’s definitely a step up in complication.. Nice progression, and nicely done.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 05:35 AM

You’re doing well with the inlay Dave but have you considered doing it all in veneer, ie: marquetry / parquetry.
It makes things a lot easier and will allow you to move into much more complex design motifs.
It looks like you have a talent for it and a desire to get more intricate.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 12:53 PM

My eyes are not to good anymore so I hadn’t thought much about inlaying but I will look into the veneer method.I sure had fun with this project! Thanks for the input .

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 01:39 PM

Very nice.

I am assuming you used a router and cleaned up the corners with a chisel?

I noticed the “J” looks like it has a shadow, was that intentional ?

Keep up posted on your next project.

Thanks for sharing.

-- To see samples of my work, please visit

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 03:23 PM

You did a very nice job on this. It’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 04:37 PM

Simply amazing. The inlay has a great effect of depth and dimension.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 04:49 PM

The shadow was indeed intentional, wasn’t sure it would show at first. I did use a router and chisel, outlined with exacto knife. Thanks for the compliments guys!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 04:55 PM

DARN, do I REALLY like Box’s,,,,,,I also like your idea of adding that inlay touch to the lid, Dave. Kind’ah combining two acquired woodworking abilities into one presentation, Man, this open’s all kind’s of possabilities into those box tops doesnt it ?.

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 07:27 PM

Nice boxes outthere you make, nice marqetry.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-01-2014 02:53 AM

I love this but it hurts my mind trying to figure out how to do it! I just finished my first cutting board and spent 2 days smiling…and then I see this and it’s a reality “slap” about what craftsmanship I lack!
Beautiful work!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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