Oak Inlay

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Project by Carol posted 01-01-2017 02:11 PM 1032 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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decided a desk i was making for my daughter (carolina white pine) needed a little spice and added a 1/4” wide red oak inlay. it was my first time taking a router to the top of a piece.

ended up really liking the contrast, so much so that i made her matching floating shelves with oak and pine. should i do this again, however, i’d stain the oak to make it stand out the way it deserves.

next time i’ll pay more attention to the way grain meets.

-- Carol

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 02:17 PM

Looks nice. Good results for a first try.
Why not just use a darker wood next time? Staining may sand out when you finish the piece.
Just a suggestion…

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 03:13 PM

oh yeah, that’s true. in this case though, i didn’t use a very thin oak piece for the inlay. i routed a groove slightly less than 1/4” deep in the desk top, then ripped a 1/4” piece of red oak stock. never having played with stains much, i wonder how deep the stain would have gone in a hard wood?

-- Carol

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