Penguin Tool Chest #4: Penguin Inlay

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Blog entry by bobasaurus posted 10-17-2011 02:44 AM 5978 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Dad spent a year at the South Pole as part of his job. Ever since he got back, friends and relatives have been jokingly giving him penguin-themed gifts (despite the lack of penguins at the South Pole), so it seemed like an appropriate subject for trying out wooden inlay.

I used the router inlay technique of the Wood Whisperer, which routes out a matching groove in solid stock, though doesn’t use a template like some router inlay systems. Here is the pattern I came up with, traced from some penguin image I found on google:

I cut some walnut veneer for the inlay myself on the bandsaw, making it about 1/8” thick for extra support on the thinner regions (beak, toes, etc). I used the scrollsaw to cut out the penguin shape from the veneer, and cut out the wing shape with an inside-cut to add some extra detail. I used a small drill bit to make a hole for the eye. After tracing and routing the recess, it looked like this:

After gluing, sanding/scraping, and filling the wing/eye with putty, the inlay really came out well:

I think this will give the tool chest a little more visual interest.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 03:42 AM

As if the hinges weren’t enough, now you have a really cool inlay as well. I am very envious of your talent!

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

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 05:39 PM

Wow, I have to agree with gfadvm: you’re incredibly skilled with your tools, Bob! Congrats on pulling off this inlay!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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