USAF Inlay

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Project by SisQMark posted 02-13-2012 11:22 PM 4112 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a finished inlay I made for a box I will make for me in the future. After seeing some of the other posts on here I had to try it myself. I used the epoxy inlay method, (see JoeyG’s blog for a great how to series). I used some crushed turquoise and mixed some white glitter for the secondary color. If I did it over I would have mixed more glitter to make it darker, or painted the bottom white. I think it turned out OK for my second one. I am an Air Force veteran and want to make a keep sake box for my DD214 and service related stuff. I’ll post the finished box when it’s done. Oh, the wood I used is redgum & I used only an x-acto knife. Thanks for looking.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 11:23 PM

Man that’s gorgeous.

Nice work.

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 11:24 PM

Really stands out…but a white background would make it pop..

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 11:53 PM

It looks really good. I like the turquoise. I think from what I learned from the blog, I will be painting the insides before the epoxy. It makes a big difference.

You did a great job on the carving. I have never worked with redgum, so I don’t know how hard or soft it is, but I do know how hard it is to carve with a x-acto knife and you pulled it off nicely.

I like that wood, I think I will need to ask my lumberyard if they have any the next time I am there.

Thanks for the mention above. Mine wouldn’t have turned out as well as it did without the support of everyone who joined in on the journey.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 11:53 PM

Very Nice, the turquoise really stands out.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 12:07 AM

Joey, Redgum is a great wood to work with, not hard I’d say a med density wood. With a finish of tung oil it really pops the grain. It works well, kind of like walnut. I get all of my exotic wood from e-bay. A store called WILLYWOOD CRAFTBOARD&LUMBER here is their link. they have great prices and some real good selections of wood. You should check it out. Thank you all for the nice comments.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 12:11 AM

Looks awesome. Can’t wait to see the full box.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 12:23 AM

I will check them out now. I can’t wait to see what you do with it. Now we both have an inlayed piece of wood waiting for a home to be built for it.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 01:17 AM

Wow very cool inlay ,great job.

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 01:22 AM

Nice job. I am also looking to do something for my son who is leaving April 3rd for the air force. I would like to do a coin holder with that inlay in the box some how. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dave, W.V.

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 02:33 AM

Beautiful. How deep does the inlay go?

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 03:08 AM

chopnhack, I went about half the thickness of the wood to be sure it would stay. I also undercut the edges like a dovetail, only not as severe. I started with a 5/16” thick board so, to answer your question, about 1/8” deep. Thanks for all the kind words, it means a lot that my work is well received, so, thank you guys.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 08:46 PM

this is very kool.

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 12:17 AM

Very super cool!

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#14 posted 02-19-2012 03:52 PM

Nice work. Inlays are fun. I too experimented with this a year ago.
The top one is a band saw box for my dresser. Color of coin and key are funny, but there ok. I never got so sophisticated like you did your butterfly. I wanted to on the hummingbird. But do not know how. these inlays are cast into routed hole with coloring using acrylic paint.. Notice the grain. was looking for sunrise effect.

Can i color in pieces? Just a white with green chest would look better. The hummers eye is wood left in.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#15 posted 02-19-2012 06:25 PM

If I am understanding your question right, yes you can color in pieces. Just make sure the epoxy is cured enough to tool it. First lay down your pattern, cut out the area you wish to fill. After your fist area has cured mark the next part of your design and cut it out. Fill with a different color, let it cure & sand smooth with the surface of the wood. You now have a 2 colored inlay. Repeat as you wish for all remaining colors of your design. A good blog to check out would be from (JoeyG) he has a great tutorial on this subject. Thanks for checking out my project & have a great day.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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