My First Inlay

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Project by Duckster posted 09-26-2014 12:05 AM 2720 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This jewelry box was a lot of fun to create. I had some African Rosewood and I also had some very grainy Fingered Maple, so that what I used. I had read a lot of articles about inlay and I thought I would try it. Also I had never put in splines on the corners. I have made most of my boxes with Box Corners, but this one, of course in 45 degree corners with the splines for strength and looks. Boy, you talk about sweating bullets. I had all the joints perfect and the wood was awesome. To use that router was a trip!!!!!
I thin cut out some 1/4” pieces of the Maple and used it for the inlay. I used my bench router to cut the top. I made the inlay 3/8”, so I could use a 3/8” bit in the router. It was a very tight fit, but it really looked good to me when it was done.
I sanded down to 400 grit and then used a walnut wood filler to fill up the pores in the wood. After it was all put together, I put 9 coats of Lacquer on. I waited 3 weeks for the finish to dry. I then used 2000 grit and 4000 grit to polish out the finish. After that and final step was to use some 2000 grit polish and buffed it up to a mirror finish.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 12:07 AM

beautiful box and finish. your efforts and patience was well worth it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 01:41 AM


-- Robert in middle TN

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 02:24 AM

Stunning. Really. Nothing better then contrasting woods.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 11:19 AM

Very nice, I like the contrast of the woods, now you’re ready for stop block inlays, meaning only adding an inlay to the center of the box such as making a cross, what you do is take measurements then setting up your stop blocks to the correct locations on the fence and then slowly placing the work piece down on top of the moving router bit.

There’s nothing like the feeling once you’ve done something you’ve never done before then stepping back to see the end results and knowing well that was easy pat self on the back feeling

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 11:33 AM

That is a beautiful box, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 09:38 PM

Great wood, great box and a fantastic job. 9 coats, you are a better man than me – haha

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#7 posted 09-27-2014 12:32 AM

Beautiful woods, great finish, and excellent woodworking, plus it has feet. What’s not to love?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 08:47 PM

You have outdone yourself! Excellent work on the wood choice and inlay.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 09-30-2014 08:16 PM

Beautiful box, nice shape and finish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 09:30 PM

What is it you do that I can’t ???? Fantastic. Thanks for the instructions.

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#11 posted 10-27-2014 11:22 PM

Mancini, just don’t get in any hurry and make more than one cut.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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