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Blog entry by Flemming posted 06-22-2010 04:41 PM 1113 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister always accuses me of trying to incorporate too many styles into my projects… maybe she’s right.

The design is basically finished, and I say basically because there’s always tweaks and adjustments to be made along the way. I will get a chance to start the project this weekend and just to tell you a little bit about it… I want the finish to have a high gloss, clear coat, and I want to inlay it with a few cherry blossoms on the top lid. I don’t think I’m up for the idea of dyeing the wood to make it pink, I’m a naturalist like that ;). It will be my first attempt at inlay and it will be my first attempt at putting something together that requires more than some glue and a firm clamp.

As with most of my projects, it will be done mostly by hand (simply because I can’t afford power tools at the moment), I’m a complete amateur at woodworking, so any suggestions for wood-type to be used, jointing, inlay and finishing will be most welcome and highly highly appreciated :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.



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#1 posted 06-22-2010 05:14 PM

sounds interesting

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#2 posted 06-22-2010 06:51 PM

I’ll be watching this as I too am an amateur and am interested in trying this out for myself.

-- John

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 04:59 AM

For woods I think Cherry and Walnut are some of the best woods to work, particularly with hand tools. I have also found that white oak has some challenges but is pretty good to work with. For exotics mahogany is great. I just picked up some sapele that looks promising but probably some tricky grain in the pieces I have.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 04:37 PM

Just finished watching the video of the Wood Whisperer on Inlay here http://lumberjocks.com/thewoodwhisperer/blog/14924

Looks to me that one of the hardest parts of doing this by hand would be replacing the router function. I suppose you could chisel or carve the recieving patterns and sand the bottom but it may be tough to get each portion the same depth and flatness but maybe you’re better at that than I think I am.

-- John

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 04:51 AM

I know Steve Latta has produced some books and video’s on inlay with hand tools that are available at Lie-Nielsen if that helps any.

-- Mike, Western New York

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