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Project by Brit posted 01-05-2019 04:43 PM 801 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hand made from quarter sawn sapele. I had some camel bone (who doesn’t), so I used that for the white inlays and the black inlay is ebony. The centre markers are inlaid with New Zealand paua abalone and white mother of pearl. The sticks are 16” long x 1 1/4” high and 1” deep. The front faces are angled up to reflect the overhead lighting. The finish is one coat of boiled linseed oil and two coats of Briwax clear wax. The following photo shows the tools used apart from the Stanley 607 which I used to flatten the top and bottom faces.

This was an enjoyable project to do with hand tools and the first time I’ve ever done any kind of inlay work. Sapele isn’t the easiest wood to inlay because of the open pored structure but I’m quite pleased with the results.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."





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summerfi

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#1 posted 01-05-2019 05:10 PM

Very classy, Andy. Beautiful job. Camel bone, ebony, New Zealand abalone…I would have expected a little gold trim in there somewhere. :-)

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#2 posted 01-05-2019 05:17 PM

Precise and appealing, Andy. Awesome job!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#3 posted 01-05-2019 06:15 PM

Excellent work Andy! Those things are way handier than I ever expected when I made mine. ‘Course mine are just a poor man’s version – Jatoba, Ash and Walnut. I was fresh out of camel bone ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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woodcox

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#4 posted 01-05-2019 06:34 PM

Very nice, Andy. I like the inlay.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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theoldfart

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#5 posted 01-05-2019 06:37 PM

Nice sticks Andy. Camel bone huh? Did the camel object to the harvest? :-)

The BLO doesn’t darken the white? I used white holly and I haven’t finished them for fear of messing up the white.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Brit

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#6 posted 01-05-2019 06:50 PM

Thanks guys.

Bob – Less is more. Gold would have been far too ostentatious.

Kev – I applied the BLO around the camel bone carefully with an artist’s brush which seemed to work ok and I didn’t purposely put wax over the bone either. The abalone and mother of pearl inlays were done after the BLO had dried.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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rilanda

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#7 posted 01-05-2019 07:08 PM

Very nice Andy, well made and up to your usual very high standard.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#8 posted 01-05-2019 07:40 PM

Real Purity, mine are simple Jatoba and birch or Maple, have found that over the changing seasons there is some warping/deflection? Could of been the design, quick pass over the jointer problem solved!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 01-05-2019 07:52 PM

Thanks Andy, I’ll try that.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 01-05-2019 08:30 PM

I cannot remember seeing a better looking pair of winding sticks, not to mention potentially more expensive as well. Trade offs, your bank, your choice. I’d say you chose well.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Brit

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#11 posted 01-05-2019 08:41 PM

Andre – I’m sure mine will move too over time, but like you say a couple of passes with the jointer will sort it out in no time.

Steve – Thanks for the compliment. It was fun.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#12 posted 01-05-2019 08:50 PM

Nice sticks. I particularly like that you included the tools used display.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#13 posted 01-05-2019 08:57 PM

Thank you for sharing this wonderful project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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EarlS

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#14 posted 01-05-2019 11:24 PM

I’d be afraid to use something that looks so nice. Wow!!! And of course, camel bone is one of those things you pick up on Amazon??

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Brit

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#15 posted 01-06-2019 12:16 AM

Actually you can buy it on Amazon, but I think mine came from an online tool store in Germany. I’ve got no idea what I bought it for originally, but I thought I might as well use it.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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