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Forum topic by MattD posted 08-13-2007 04:44 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2007 04:44 AM


My next project is a removable tray that adds a countertop surface over our stove top. I don’t know what you’d call it, but LOML wants it.

The top surface will be a flat rectangle and made of butternut (white walnut). I’ve had this idea to carve a small pattern around the edge of top surface like a sort of 1/2” banding/inlay. Here is the design I found from the Book of Kells:

And here is the is the effect I’m going for:

Trouble is, I don’t know the best way to do this and I don’t have much carving experience. I can probably manage extending and drawing/tracing the pattern onto the surface, but what tools would I use to carve? Dremel, chisels or something else?

Also, I want to fill in the carving with color. Based on the stamping article in FWW by Tim Coleman, I’m thinking of using laquers after applying a sanding sealer to prevent bleeding.

Anyone have any ideas on this? Is this a bad idea for white walnut?



-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#1 posted 09-11-2007 02:53 PM

there are some master carvers here at LJ. I know they have lots of tips they can share.

the caving design looks like it would be great for “chip carving”.. but I could be wrong.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-11-2007 03:40 PM


That sounds like a neat project.

Mind you that I have never done this but, I recall reading about a technique using epoxy for the filling (not sure where, but it may have been an issue of Fine Woodworking within the last year). The epoxy can be colored with powdered dyes and then spread into the carved surfaces. Obviously you would need to do this multiple times if you are going to do more than one color for parts of the carving. From what I recall, the technique involved waxing the (non-carved part of the) surface prior to putting on the epoxy. Then when the epoxy is dry you can simply scrape the excess off with a card scraper. Depending on how good you are at gettting the epoxy into the holes the first time, you may hneed to go back and add a bit to any depressions and/or holes that form while drying.

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#3 posted 09-11-2007 03:46 PM

No experience here but be sure and post the completed project. Along with lots of in between photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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