Design/Inlay Kit Tips #2: Resin/Epoxy Inlays

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Blog entry by 3DWoodworkingSupply posted 02-18-2010 06:51 AM 8574 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For added variety, you can also try resin or epoxy inlays. A variety of different colors and textures are available and can be added to designs, used to fill inlay pockets, and more. Late last summer, I had some nice turquoise resin inlay from that really came to the rescue.

It was late at night and I was working on one last piece for the booth. The finishing touch I was going to add before I called it quits were a couple symmetrical designs on either side of lettering that had just been routed with the Sign Pro. I must have been losing my concentration because after I routed the first pattern window I only rotated the template 2 spaces instead of 3. I didn’t notice my error until I had already cut the second window. The error was obvious, there was no turning back.

Tired, frustrated and unable to compromise between starting over and giving up, I remembered the inlay material we had recently got and realized there was no better time to try it. I routed out one more window at 2 spaces instead of 3 for symmetry and cleared out the template window in all 3 positions. I mixed up the resin, scooped it into the inlay pockets and went to bed for the night to let it cure properly. In the morning I planed the piece level, and sanded it starting with a rough grit, moving to a higher grit finishing paper.

In the end, I was very proud of the sign and happy things worked out as they did.

Woodsmith did an article about resin inlays some time ago. You can read it here (pdf).

Obviously, this inlay material can be used for a wide variety of projects. Sign lettering, design lines, inlays, anywhere.

-- Mark & Elaine, Iowa,

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 09:20 PM

I made a nice mahogany box for my son a few years ago. I made a rather nicely done Celtic design inlay with epoxy colored black. The other day he asked me if I could get rid of the epoxy and put a wood inlay in it’s place. I find it hard to be a fan of epoxy inlays after that. In fact I really didn’t like it that much myself but I didn’t change it at the time because I already had so much work in it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 07:00 AM

Stefang, I couldn’t agree with you more. Inlays feel like more of an accomplishment and are much more natural looking when it is cut out a contrasting wood. I think most find a more inherent beauty in the end result.
However, the resin epoxies do allow a colorful appearance that otherwise could only be painted on. We’ve found that a lot of people ask about it at the ‘Shows so we thought we’d share an article we found…

-- Mark & Elaine, Iowa,

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 08:17 AM

We just received our first shipment of the InLace I mentioned in the original post. You can see it here:

-- Mark & Elaine, Iowa,

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