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Steven

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06-28-2018 01:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: inlay glass stone gem guitar wood epoxy question trick tip

So I’m working on an electric guitar and I had some ideas on decorating it but would appreciate some advice and input. I’m working on the body and have etched out a design of a tree and would like to inlay it. The tree is a lapacho which has pink flowers and a white/grey/ black bark pattern. My idea is to paint the tree white and inlay grey and black to make the bark then inlay the flowers. I’m still debating on glass vs stone or gem inlay and would appreciate some advice from experienced people. I will ask for advice later on paint and finish but first I need to decide on inlay materials and epoxy. All advice is welcome. Btw this is my first project…

-- Steven


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#1 posted 06-28-2018 03:36 PM

I’ve never tried something like you described, but it piqued my interest. A quick Amazon search finds many different coloring packs for “epoxy tint”.
Here is how I would do this (remember, I have no experience):
When I say “cut out” I mean cut the outline and remove the wood inside he outline. How you do this is up to you. Personally, I hate routers and would do this with knives and chisels.

cut out the area for the trunk and fill it with white tinted epoxy.
sand it down level.
cut out the areas of the epoxy trunk that you want to color black. Fill with black epoxy.
Sand it down to level (or not)
cut it down to level, cut out the areas of the trunk that you want gray and fill with gray tinted epoxy.
Time to do the flowers.
cut them out and fill with pink epoxy.
sand the whole thing down level and proceed with your finishing schedule.

This sounds like an interesting design, be sure to post pictures when you’re done.

-- Sawdust Maker

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JCamp

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#2 posted 06-28-2018 07:47 PM

I don’t think I’d use glass. It could crack at some point if it gets hit. Also keep in mind as already stated above that whatever you do will need finished along with the rest of the guitar. Other than that it sounds pretty cool so good luck. I’d love to see pics when your done

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 06-28-2018 09:14 PM

Littleshaver and jcamp thank you very much for the input it has given me more to think about. I considered doing full epoxy instead of inlay but my primary concern in that is having to carve out a large area into the body of the guitar and compromising the wood. I was just going to inlay the outline on a paint backdrop. This is my first project and I’m worried about cracking in the wood. That is why I was thinking inlay. I just realized I didn’t mention I was wanting to use crushed glass or stone.. lol. Littleshaver I really want an inlay with epoxy because of the visual texture it would provide. I originally wanted to insert LED lights into the outline then cover with crushed glass or gems and fill in with epoxy but would have to dig too deep in the body to do it. Jcamp the glass still crack if I did it with finer crushed glass and filled it in with epoxy? Also, if it did crack would it cause the glass and epoxy to separate from the wood?

-- Steven

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#4 posted 06-29-2018 12:12 AM

Steven. I’ve not messed with crushed glass but I’d suspect that finishing it would potentially not bond well but will likely depend on the exact finish that you plan to use. You might start another forum topic specific to your questions regarding all the glass questions. Also there are several folks on here that have built electric and acoustic guitars. If u have any general questions you could pm the directly for assistance if more folks don’t chime in

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#5 posted 06-29-2018 12:20 AM

Ok.. cool, thanks jcamp

-- Steven

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