Outdoor Dining table #7: Inlays are in and sanding has started!!!! Ughh.

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Blog entry by Ken90712 posted 03-05-2012 03:29 PM 8797 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Table edge and Bow Tie Inlays almost finished. Part 7 of Outdoor Dining table series Part 8: Finishing Started on Bottom, almost done. »

First off, our hearts and prayers go out to all the families in the Midwest that have suffered through that terrible storm and damage. I hope all our lumberjocks and their families and friends are OK!

This weekend I was able to finish one of the things I was really worried about pulling off. I have never done Inlay’s prior to this. I have been practicing before I tried it on the table, but I was really worried about messing it up. I had planned on doing this on my Entertainment Center but chickened out. I have read all the post I could from fellow lumberjocks. I thank-you all for your explanations and pics! You were a Big Help & I couldn’t of done it without you!

I used Hard Maple for the inlay to give the Walnut some contrast and interest. I routered out the inlay’s on the table to a depth of .120, with my plunge router. I then re-sawed some maple and ran it through my planer to a thickness of .130, and then started to router them out. I made 16 knowing I only needed 8 total, but figure some might not come out as well as I would like and would need extras. However, only one was thrown away.

I had to use my chisel to square up the corners on the table portion of the inlays to sit in. I have always respected you carvers out there. I was really worried this could go wrong very quickly for me. I did pull it off, and the neighborhood could hear a big Whew!!!! LOL

I hand sanded the bow-ties to each fit into the recess. It took me a total of 5 hours to do all 8 inlay’s from start to finish. I’m guessing that 5 hrs is more time that is takes most wood-workers.

The one blurry pic is the table rough fitted on the base with the granite. I’m in the process of making sure the reveal around the granite is consistent along all four edges. I wiped it down with Mineral Spirits to not only highlight flaws for more sanding, as well to show Blondie what it will look like when it has the finish applied.

I know the inlay’s are probably not perfect, but I am really proud of the outcome. I think they look really good for a rookie!
Thx for looking and all comments are welcome.

Blondie loves it, which we all know,” a happy wife is a happy Life!”

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 04:41 PM


Great progress!

Beautiful – Clean inlays… etc.


Won’t be long now…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 07:28 PM

1st, I’m in total agreement with you on the thoughts & prayers for all the folks affected by Mother Natures wrath. GOD bless. It is so damn sad. (sorry bout the expitive) ... 2ndly, your table is totally lookin very awesome Ken

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 07:30 PM

Looking great mate. Love the dovetail jig.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

#4 posted 03-05-2012 09:19 PM

Great looking Table

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 09:22 PM

Beautiful job Ken.
I recently bought a inlay kit but have yet to use it.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 09:28 PM

Just Magical…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 09:30 PM

Maple and walnut, you gotta love that combination!

Super job on cutting the rounded corners into tight fitting points!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 03-06-2012 12:03 AM

Thx everyone, I was truly worried about pulling the inlay off.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 03-06-2012 12:55 AM

I have the same Inlay kit as you… I used it on my Wall Shelf... worked amazingly well!

( Wall Shelf project )

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 03-06-2012 02:00 AM

This came out great Ken, its nice to see that your hard work/efforts have paid off. I can see a nice bottle of California finest being enjoy on this your latest efforts. Take care my friend…Wilson

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#11 posted 03-06-2012 02:51 AM

Ken, The inlays look PERFECT to me and the table is beautiful! You can be really proud of this project. I haven’t worked up the courage to do bowties yet but you have inspired me. Did the inlay kit come from Woodcraft?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 03-06-2012 12:14 PM

Hi Ken,
Wauuu, what a wonderful job you did on this one.
So fine details.
”a happy wife is a happy Life!” smiles, let’s keep them happy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 03-07-2012 02:03 AM

Nice inlays. Especially the corners. That’s where I would fall down because I’m not a good chiseler (yet). I applaud your Whiteside bits too. I got my panel cutters from them. Good stuff.

And I have found that a happy wife is a wife who won’t give you a hard time about buying wood.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 02:22 AM

I think you gotta be kidding “rookie”, I’ve been doing inlays for years and couldn’t do much better. But yeah, ok, I could have done it in 4 hrs. Nice work, nice result, & a good confidence builder.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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