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Blog entry by steliart posted 08-23-2018 08:09 AM 971 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hope everyone is having a great summer or holidays.
Here is been too hot and a fan is not enough to keep you cool for woodworking in my shop, so it’s been a while to build anything or even finish my Box (finger) Joint Jig I was working on.
Anyway the other day I was looking at some woodworking pages and some guy was trying to do an inlay design (not a bow tie) but his sketch and idea would not have worked because it would not hold it didn’t had any strength to it.
So it got me thinking and thought of a bird silhouette inlay but it had to have some strength in it to hold the top pieces otherwise it would have been just a decor inlay. So I did a few sketches and I came up with a design that I think it could work, but since I am no expert on inlays I thought to present to you guys the idea/design and ask of your opinion or improvement tips.

Thanks Guys and keep safe !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#1 posted 08-23-2018 10:59 AM

I like that…well done.

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#2 posted 08-23-2018 01:16 PM

i like it steli should work fine and is something different buddy.hope it cools down for you soon,been on the hot side in my shop too.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 08-23-2018 01:57 PM

Stelli I like the look of it very much. Looks like a tricky mortise to make for it. Was it?

I am reasonably certain that is would have enough strength for most bow tie tasks. I do wonder if the wings would be prone to shear off though if pushed to the limit. That is the beauty of the bow-ties is that the stronger the forces pulling on them, the stronger they get, due to the wedge. The tail on yours would get stronger as the gap tries to widen, but the wings would not. The wings would be more likely to fail… by how much… hard to say, but probably not likely to fail in most applications.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-23-2018 03:16 PM

looks to me like it should work fine … been very wet here we hit a record for rain … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 08-23-2018 03:43 PM

good idea

-- Petey

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#6 posted 08-23-2018 08:04 PM

That should work. It is a dove tail, lol

-- Woodify ~~

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#7 posted 08-23-2018 08:39 PM

Looks like the start of a really nice project Stelios. Can’t wait to see more.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 08-24-2018 12:27 AM

I like the design but am a bit doubtful in line with what Swirt says.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 08-24-2018 03:32 AM

I like it. That can bring out a lot of idea when it comes to a bow-tie.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 08-24-2018 06:41 AM

Thank you all for your input and for sure I will take Swirt’s remarks under consideration and I think there is a way to avoid weakening wings… I think its all in how I position the tie on the crack or even play with the design a bit more.
You where so helpful my friends thank you ALLL !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#11 posted 08-26-2018 04:25 PM

Nice inlay! Great work as always

-- Harold

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