First attempt at inlay on a box

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Project by BburgBoy posted 12-05-2021 06:54 PM 584 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this year, my son-in-law gave me a piece of ebony – barely a small stick – which he grabbed from his grandfather’s shop some 40+ years ago. He asked if I might be able to create something. Once I finished milling the “stick” I had only a small piece about 1/8” thick. So, I built this watch box around it making my first attempt to inlay an initial in a box top. Twas a real challenge. Circles are easy; the letter H is not.

The top also includes a sandwich of maple and cherry strings to accent the inlayed walnut center. Box is walnut; waffle dividers are cherry. Finished with 7-8 padded coats of shellac.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#1 posted 12-05-2021 07:02 PM

Very nice looking box, good proportions and a nice inlay.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 12-05-2021 07:49 PM

The box looks great. I enjoy doing in lays, they are challenging at times.

-- Jake Brain, Florida

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#3 posted 12-05-2021 10:24 PM

I too do inlays and I’d like to be the one to tell you that they get easier as time goes by but it’s not true.

Each and every one is a custom job. Even doing the same inlay side by side will have their own idiosyncrasies. Your craftsmanship is evedent by the use of limited material. If a mistake had been made, would there have been enopugh for a redo?

Well made and well displayed.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#4 posted 12-06-2021 01:13 AM

That is the new nice little watch box. Great job. The inlays look great.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 12-06-2021 02:25 AM

Beautifully done and a wonderful gift.

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#6 posted 12-06-2021 04:52 PM

Excellent work Larry!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 12-06-2021 10:38 PM

Beautiful box. At least you were able to post your first. My first is sitting on a shelf. Messed it up.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 12-08-2021 01:29 PM

Looks great!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#9 posted 01-01-2022 03:24 AM

WOW! That is so beautiful. I will be learning how to do that.

-- Yolanda Gee

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