First inlay attempt

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Project by RDR posted 05-09-2011 03:11 AM 1817 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a few small scraps around, so I thought I’d experiment with an inlay. This key-chain is what I ended up with. The wood is cherry with purpleheart inlay. I just ran the cherry over my router table with a 1/4” straight bit and then cut some 1/4” strips of purpleheart a bit taller than the grooves. Once it was glued it was just a matter of sanding (and more sanding). I finished it with a few coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I’m pretty happy with the results and really want to try this technique on a larger project.

-- The Dude abides...

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 03:31 AM

good skill building project. I should try that. I like inlay but don’t want to experiment on a big project.

-- Derek

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 03:37 AM

Thanks, Derek. I had no plans when I started this but to try to inlay some strips. After I had done that, i just started trimming on my little bandsaw until I was left with what you see. It was then only a matter of drilling a hole and calling it a key chain :)

Play around… you never know what you’ll end up with.

-- The Dude abides...

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 04:02 AM

a good beginning

‘from little acorns…........

this may turn into an awesome ride someday

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jeremy Greiner

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 04:48 AM

I love this project, I’m going to have to follow your example and give inlays a try

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 07:08 PM

Looks great, very well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-10-2011 07:21 PM

We all have to start somewhere…and this is a great start. I still do lots of small projects to practice on…..practice is the only way to feel confident enough to use this technique on larger projects where the wood is expensive (or one of a kind) and you can’t afford to make big mistakes.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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