So, I am in the process of a myriad of “home” projects (shelves in kids rooms, re-finishing painted furniture, attic shelves, etc…), and have been spending my free time trying to figure out my next project. I am big on “form follows function”, so I want any project I endevor on to serve a purpose. I also want to continue my journey in woodworking, so I want to try something I have never done before, hence INLAYS.
I have seen some great projects with even better examples of strikingly beautiful inlay work on LJ, and I think I am finally ready to try my hand at some inlay work. Wanting my project to be functional, my wife has always complianed that mail which needs to be filed sits on the countertops too long. In order to solve this domestic problem, I designed this “Inbox” and planned some nice simple inlays to practice with.
My question to all of you LJs with inlay experience is : What do you think? Is this project to much, or just right? What woods should I use if I want to have a dark/rich wood base, with a light/white inlay?
My plan is ~12”x18”. All stock is 1/2”, and all inlays are planned at 1/4” wide. Corners will be biscuit jointed with a 45 degree miter. All pretty simple. I wanted to keep straight lines for a sleek simple look, as it will be sitting on my kitchen countertop all the time.
So, now is the time LJs!!! Please give me all your comments (Good, Bad, and UGLY!!)
-- Derrek L.