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!"