Baking board inlay

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Project by Andreas posted 02-17-2012 05:28 PM 1861 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This baking board (for rolling out dough) contains the largest inlay I’ve ever done. The board measures 30”x22” and the inlay is 14” tall. The board is made from hard maple with walnut stripes, and the inlay is walnut and cherry. My friend helped me cut the profile with his CNC router and I did the rest by hand.

I’m a bit concerned about seasonal expansion in the larger inlay pieces, but I’ve tried to match the grain orientations as best I could. Time will tell.

The finish is five coats of butcher block varnish.

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 05:59 PM

Job well done! I do not believe you will have much of a problem as long as you keep it dry. The woods you used are similar in hardness so should expand and contract equally.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 02-17-2012 11:10 PM

Very nice. I’m contemplating what to make for my first inlay. I’ve got several ideas for table tops and such. Any helpful suggestions from an experienced inlay artist to a novice?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 12:40 AM

Well Earl, I can’t recommend doing it by hand the way I did. Fitting those large walnut pieces with knives, chisels, scrapers and sanding was very tedious. The next time I do a large inlay like this I’ll make templates and use router guide bushings. I think that would be a good way for you to start.

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