Veritas string inlay compass

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Forum topic by dthies posted 06-25-2017 02:04 PM 738 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2017 02:04 PM

Used it for the first time. Worked great gouging out the curve but the compass point leaves quite a hole. What am I doing wrong or how is everyone addressing this. Thanks!

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 07:04 PM

I don’t have the tool but the hole can
probably be reduced by wetting a small
piece of cotton fabric and pressing with
a heated iron, forcing hot steam into
the wood grain which makes it swell and
close the hole.

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#2 posted 06-25-2017 08:11 PM

Great idea, thanks!

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#3 posted 06-25-2017 08:13 PM

I’m not very experienced in string inlay, but my understanding is that sometimes you can sort of frame the piece you’re working on with scrap wood, and put the compass point in the scrap wood, so it doesn’t damage your piece.

Sometimes that’s not possible or practical, I know there is a company which makes compass point-holders to go on corners, in curves, etc:

They seem expensive, but I suppose there aren’t a lot of options in this space

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#4 posted 06-26-2017 03:36 PM

I don’t know how it was done traditionally but you could also attach a scrap
piece with hide glue where you want the point to go then remove the scrap piece with some heat/steam later since hot hide glue is reversable.

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#5 posted 06-26-2017 03:39 PM

I usually use some double face tape and a piece of thin scrap, but the hide glue sounds good as well

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