My First Inlay, Rose Plack.

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Project by scrappy posted 03-26-2009 04:28 AM 5184 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my First attempt at inlay.

6×6 picture

Smoothed with card scraper.

4 coats af hand wipe poly, 1200 grit between coats.

I used to use a scrollsaw at work but that was over 25 years ago (boy I’m getting old). Havn’t played with one since then.

Picked up a used craftman 20” saw at a yard sale after looking at many things on this site with inlays, and decided to give it a try.

The first thing was to decide on a pattern. ( not that good at free hand drawing)

After going through MANY Free web pages with line drawings and clipart, Finally decided on this rose.

Re-Sawed all the wood for the design and back-ground to 1/8 inch.

Smoothed front to enough to accept drawing. Getting better at useing that card scraper ( sharpened putty knife )

Tranfered drawing to wood with carbon paper. And started sawing.

Cut background out first: one piece at a time, then used hole as template to mark inlay wood. Cut and glued it in. Cut next piece.

Thanks to all the info on this site from all you lumberjocks out there, this ended up being a fairly easy piece to do.

I need a LOT more practice with the saw, but that will come in time. This will be the first of I hope many to come.

Really enjoyed the proccess. It was exiting to see this come together one pice at a time.

Wife wanted to hang this on the wall, so it will not be making it to a box lid.

Background , Unknown wood from cut off bin

Stem, Poplar from pallet

Rose, Blood wood cut off

Frame, Walnut from pallet

Welcome all comments and critiques, Looking to improve, so would like tips amd tricks to make things easier.

Thanks for looking and being an inspiration to others.


P.S. Added close up of rose.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 03-26-2009 04:57 AM

Nice, think you got it. Up and away!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 03-26-2009 05:34 AM

Scrappy that is awesome – even got the thorns on the stem. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-26-2009 01:06 PM

Scrappy, this one really caught my attention. You did a nice job on the inlay and its color and detail are well done.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-26-2009 03:02 PM

Great Job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 03-26-2009 03:11 PM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 03-26-2009 03:24 PM

Very nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 03-26-2009 03:42 PM

Nice detail work, wood selection, grain, and color went a long way to make this a spectacular piece.

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#8 posted 03-26-2009 03:53 PM

Scraooy: That is a fantastic first try. Good job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-26-2009 07:00 PM

I wish my first attempt at marquetry turned out so well. Did you plan on the top little “petal” of the rose to be heart shaped or did it just work out that way?
In any case – nice touch.

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#10 posted 03-27-2009 02:33 AM

Wood Wench
That was not on purpose but the wife just loves the extra! Scored points on accident! gotta love it!

Thanks to every one for the great comments, and encoouragement!

Will post more soon.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 03-27-2009 03:13 AM

Not to bad for a first try. Very well done. Thanks for sharing

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#12 posted 03-27-2009 04:33 AM

very nice job. much better than my first attempt

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#13 posted 03-27-2009 04:55 AM

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#14 posted 03-27-2009 05:35 AM

yes i’ll say pretty darn good for a first try , good job, thanks for posting.
—- john—Moose Jaw

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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#15 posted 08-12-2009 05:25 PM

just beautiful. love it.


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