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Project by 987Ron posted 03-05-2021 03:02 PM 637 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany 16” x 10” serving tray. The general design was in one of the woodworking magazines. This was a test piece to see how some “new” tools worked in doing string inlay. Santa brought me a Flexcut 1/16” Micro Chisel. Used it to clean out the groves. Worked fine. Upgrade to my Bosch Colt was a led light to better see what I was doing, big improvement on that. I rigged how the light is attached, need to improve that.
The grooves were cut with a 1/16” Freud router bit on a Bosch Colt. Cleaned up with the Flexcut Chisel and a small bench chise.
The inlay string is holly 1/16×3/32. Beads or Berries are Locust, Holly and Walnut. Hide glue
Finish is shellac.
Made a second for daughter-in-law. As a trial piece I was pretty happy with it and the techniques.

-- Ron





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 03-05-2021 03:14 PM

Beautiful job. Good exercise, well done!!

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

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#2 posted 03-05-2021 04:16 PM

Looking very well!!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 03-05-2021 04:35 PM

Beautiful, how long did it take to do inlay?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#4 posted 03-05-2021 05:14 PM

Really fine work, there, Ron. Those dot inlays are way cool.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 03-05-2021 05:20 PM

+1 real talent shows on this project.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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987Ron

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#6 posted 03-05-2021 05:22 PM

Not real sure on time, spent time on new ideas, techniques, etc. Less than 4 hours, closer to 2 1/2. Pretty simple Half of the time laying out the pattern, accuracy is important on the overlapping center design.
4 straight cuts easy. Then a circle jig out of 1/4” ply for the two circles and the arcs. I do inlay the holly in a cut before making a cut that crosses. This keeps any tearout at the cross of the two cuts down.
Thanks for the comments.

-- Ron

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 03-05-2021 05:29 PM



Not real sure on time, spent time on new ideas, techniques, etc. Less than 4 hours, closer to 2 1/2. Pretty simple Half of the time laying out the pattern, accuracy is important on the overlapping center design.
4 straight cuts easy. Then a circle jig out of 1/4” ply for the two circles and the arcs. I do inlay the holly in a cut before making a cut that crosses. This keeps any tearout at the cross of the two cuts down.
Thanks for the comments.

- 987Ron

Good idea on putting in the inlay on first cut then going over it with second cut.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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pottz

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#8 posted 03-05-2021 06:17 PM

real beautifull work ron.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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corelz125

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#9 posted 03-05-2021 08:20 PM

Great looking tray and outstanding inlay

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987Ron

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#10 posted 03-05-2021 08:34 PM

Thanks for the words. Inlay is fun.

-- Ron

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woodbutcherbynight

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#11 posted 03-05-2021 10:35 PM

Congrats on DT3

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 03-05-2021 10:38 PM

Neat job 987’... was going to ask for some pictures of the template, however, 1/100th of 1,000 words is better than a picture… especially for one that hates reading.


... I do inlay the holly in a cut before making a cut that crosses. This keeps any tearout at the cross of the two cuts down.
- 987Ron

I’d have put back the old material you routed out, just in case you bugger up and it’s holly shite....

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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987Ron

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#13 posted 03-05-2021 10:43 PM



Neat job 987 ... was going to ask for some pictures of the template, however, 1/100th of 1,000 words is better than a picture… especially for one that hates reading.

... I do inlay the holly in a cut before making a cut that crosses. This keeps any tearout at the cross of the two cuts down.
- 987Ron

I d have put back the old material you routed out, just in case you bugger up and it s holly shite....

- LittleBlackDuck


Thnaks for the comments. I have used a template for other inlay projects….”Hannah’s Chest”. This one was just simple circles and arcs. 4 straight lines.
Ron

-- Ron

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Peteybadboy

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#14 posted 03-06-2021 01:26 AM

Ron , real cool. May I pester you on inlay? What tools do you use for inlay? Templates, or hand tools?

-- Petey

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#15 posted 03-06-2021 03:08 AM

Awesome work. Congrats on Top 3.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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