Monogram inlay serving tray

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Project by JohnBabcock posted 11-27-2018 07:18 PM 987 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first CNC wood project and my first post to Lumberjocks. It is a serving tray in Walnut with Maple inlay using the VCarve inlay technique. It’s covered with 4 coats of poly/oil and 2 coats of poly/wax. It is a gift for my father. I think it turned out pretty well and that he will be delighted. It is also clearly my first time using the Shopbot Desktop CNC and I learned some things and can see areas where I can improve my technique.

I’m so grateful for all of the ideas and inspirations from Lumberjocks and the other woodworkers who have shared their experiences with the VCarve inlay technique. I hope to help contribute to the site. As they say on the radio, “long time listenener, first time caller.”

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#1 posted 11-28-2018 12:36 AM

John. Great looking serving tray. I love the inlays, nice work. Welcome to LJ. AJ

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#2 posted 11-28-2018 03:53 PM

Very impressive tray. Not having this high tech equipment, I am stuck with inlaying only geometric designs with straight edges. I love the quality look of your work.

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#3 posted 11-28-2018 04:23 PM

I have been surprised at how easy it is to do nice inlay work using the Vcarve inlay technique. Here is an example that would have taken me days if I actually had the skill to do it by hand.

I must say that your piece is beautiful and it isn’t just a matter of having a nice machine to do the inlay. Your woodworking skills are also what makes it so nice.

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#4 posted 11-30-2018 11:33 PM

ArtMann: I love your box! I hope to be up to that quality soon.

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