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Compass Rose Inlay

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Blog series by Jon3 updated 12-15-2009 09:25 PM 2 parts 16008 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: Creating a Compass Rose Inlay

12-08-2009 11:55 PM by Jon3 | 16 comments »

I decided to dress up one of the serving trays I’m making with a compass rose inlay. I used the excellent instructions of Mike Henderson. I used Walnut and figured (birdseye) Anigre veneer, and I’ll be inlaying the rose into a curly maple raised panel. I have most of the tools Mike mentioned, but I created some others, like a veneer cutting board, a cheap MDF 22.5 degree triangle. I also created a ‘veneer jointer’ out of some sandpaper and plywood. I...

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Part 2: Inlay the Compass Rose

12-15-2009 09:25 PM by Jon3 | 13 comments »

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take this part slowly. There are no shortcuts that leave you with a great inlay! Most commercial veneer is thin, 1/42nd or so. So you don’t have a lot of room to work with, once you’ve inlaid the compass rose. That means you need to make sure your inlay surface is ready to go. I used this maple panel with a little bit of curl to it. This has been pre-sanded to 320. You start by solidly taping down the inlay in i...

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