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Routing Inlays #3: Something Completely Different

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Blog entry by Maclegno posted 04-24-2010 03:08 AM 1994 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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INTRODUCTION
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NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT As they used to say on MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS
While browsing on the Net recently I came across the following Photo (in DEVIANTART.COM an excellent source of design ideas) of a painting containing a metal Celtic brooch. I was attracted by its simple lines. I had previously been toying with the possibilities of using soldering wire as an inlay medium purely as a type of stringing. But seeing this brooch started me thinking that maybe I should be more ambitious. Possibly I could do a Stereo inlay.
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IMG_2820 (1944 x 1296)
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CONSTRUCTION.
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First I fashioned the brooch as best I could in soldering wire.
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IMG_2822 (1944 x 1296)
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I then traced the Model onto the inlay base.
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IMG_2823 (1944 x 1296)
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I routed my traced pattern by hand using a 2.5mm Dremel router bit. (SEE NOTE BELOW)
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IMG_2824 (1944 x 1296)
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I superglued the Model in the inlay.
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.IMG_2862 (1296 x 1944)
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IMG_2864 (1944 x 1296)
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NOTE
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I am indebted to AUTUMN for alerting me to the Stewart MacDonald site (http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Inlay,_pearl/Tools_and_supplies_for:_Inlay,_pearl_cutting/Carbide_Downcut_Inlay_Router_Bits.html)
where I found small Dremel router bits with 1/8” shanks and, just as importantly, a brass adaptor collet which allows them to be used in a 1/4” router.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy



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Eric in central Florida

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#1 posted 04-24-2010 04:44 AM

Another great piece Maclegno !

Thank you for pointing out Deviantart Art

And a thank you to Autumn for the tip on getting the inlay size bits and collet adapter from Stewart McDonald.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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bigike

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#2 posted 04-24-2010 05:15 AM

great work, i still would be nervous to try it.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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stefang

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 02:45 PM

Cool Gerard. I agree with Autumn that this inlay stuff is addictive. I’ve gotten the bug too. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Maclegno

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 02:37 AM

Many thanks all of you.
Thanks to Autumn in particular for pointing out two gaps in my inlay repertoire, Sulphur and Pewter. Sulphur I had never heard of, looked it up and decided I would prefer trying molten cyanide, anyway if the Bible is right I will have plenty of experience of Brimstone in the future.
But Pewter…
Gerard.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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