Good inlay gone horribly wrong

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Project by manglitter408 posted 05-06-2020 01:04 AM 844 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first time on here. I have been checking out Lumberjocks for months. I am so inspired by the collective talent on this website!!

Well, this started as a bottle opener project for a friend. This was my first attempt at inlay and I was fairly happy with it but thought he deserved better than a bottle opener. This led me to cut out the inlay to use as an inlay in a cutting board of some type. The second picture shows the cutout on a geometric type board. This seemed way too busy, so I opted for a surfboard type board. This is where it all went wrong because, on the final sanding, I started sanding through the fins and flower. This is undoubtedly because of the multiple times it had been inlaid. I also left it slightly proud for scraping once it was inlaid into the cutting board for final scraping and sanding. I chose to rout out the botched veneers and use some black epoxy when I should have just made new veneers. Live and learn I guess.

The final board is walnut, sapele, maple, and OBVIOUSLY black epoxy with mineral oil and beeswax.

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#1 posted 05-06-2020 01:48 AM

I’m not seeing the error. It all looks good from here.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-06-2020 04:19 AM

Maybe its not perfect, but the fix is not noticeable to me. Looks really nice.

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#3 posted 05-06-2020 12:28 PM

The inlay looks great. I once read that one should never point out his errors or corrections. Any viewer later will always see the “mistake” first and never see it if it had not been pointed out.
Probably doesn’t apply to a site like LJ.
Your work looks pretty good to me.

-- It's not a mistake it's a design opportunity

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#4 posted 05-06-2020 01:59 PM

I actually like how the turtle looks on the 3D board.
Final result looks good too!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#5 posted 05-06-2020 11:54 PM

Nice looking inlay! I have done well over 2000 inlays myself over the past 12 years. I suggest you google “Double bevel inlay” done on a scroll saw. That is how I do it and the inlaid image is 3/8” thick. I can sand on it all day without a problem.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#6 posted 05-18-2020 10:26 PM

That looks great to me, somewhere I heard on a TV show about a 5 and 5 rule, if you can’t see it from 5 feet it’s good, or 5 years from now you probably won’t remember. I use mistakes as artistic license, and learning.

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#7 posted 06-12-2020 06:18 PM

Nice looking boards..good recovery!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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