String inlaid box #2: Stringing the inlay

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 04-05-2013 03:18 AM 3900 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi again,

Picking up where I left off, I had just finished cutting the full blind dovetails for the box.

With the box dry fitted, I used my planes to true up the tops and bottoms of the sides so they laid perfectly flat. The I used the trusty plow plane to make the groove for the bottom.

Now, the fun begins. Time to play with my inlay tools.

Starting with drawing out my lines and where the stringing is going to go.

Interestinly enough, there is quite a learning curve with these tools. For starters, you should use the compass point to cut out the radii frist. Because the compass point is centered on the line that will be cut after, the hole that is made gets removed and hidden. BUT… if you cut the straight first and then try to put the point inside that line, the point goes too far and makes a small dimple… see? It should not be an issue though, it will probably come out once the stringing is put in and scraped flush…. hopefully.

Now this one, I cut the radius first, then the line, no dimple.

Now to finish cutting all the grooves and then make the stringing….

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#1 posted 04-05-2013 03:29 AM

can’t wait to see the finished product!

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#2 posted 04-05-2013 04:04 AM

yes lets see the sring making. are making your own? whats your method for the thicknessing?

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