Ambrosia-birdseye maple #6: carving the inlay

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 12-02-2011 03:51 AM 1984 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I mentioned at the beginning of this, these two boxes will be for my wife and daughter. Today I was able to get back to working on them and did a little carving on the lids. If you would like to see more about how I do my epoxy inlays you can check it out at I am not going into a lot of detail, since most of it is covered there. I just wanted to share the pictures of the progress and keep this as up to date as possible.

You will notice that I have the Discovery Cove logo, flipped on the lids. I did this for two reasons. First is that my wife is left handed and my daughter is right handed. So there will be a left and right box. While some may argue that I should have left the logo alone and still made a left and right handed box, I like the idea of having them as mirror images of each other.

Until next time be safe in the shop.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 04:25 AM

great work joey
the waves in these is gorgeous
and goes with the dolphin inlays

i like the reasoning in your approach
the girls will both love them

i do the same when i make mating
boxes for a couple or the children

as they are reflections of each other
i do that in the boxes too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 07:46 AM


Now I see where that nice wood fits.
The choice of the dolphins is very smart. It complements the “waves” nicely.

I think you can flip the logo any way you see fit. After all it’s art.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 01:37 PM

Very well crafted, was wondering which tools did you used to carve those smooth curves on wooden piece, so that it possible can try this out as I am really interested in it!!!

wood grain lines

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 02:47 PM

I used a chip carving knife to score in the out line. Then came back with the knife and made a stop cut along the outline. This helps to keep that chisel from my line. It is so easy for a chisel to slip that I try to be as careful with my borders as I can. You can see the same technique used on my epoxy inlay blog. I posted the link at the top of the page. Thanks for taking a look.

I must agree with you all that the dolphins really pull out the waves in the grain. When I first looked at these boards, I knew I had to add two more Christmas presents to my list. Every once in a while, you will see a certain board and just know what it wants to be. This was one of those cases. I still have a couple of decisions to make, like whether or not to sculpt the box and I need to design the handles. I will let these ride until the epoxy is finished and the lid is set. I am confident that these boxes will make it clear what needs to be done.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 12:59 PM

Joey, amazing technique…. all your instructions and suggestion going to help me!!

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#6 posted 12-03-2011 07:31 PM

Thanks Martin. I look forward to seeing some of your idea’s come to life.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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