Sweeping Juniper Coffee Table #5: First Stage of Turquoise Inlay is complete

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Blog entry by Tim & Candy Hicks posted 08-15-2008 12:59 AM 2794 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Sanding on the juniper base Part 5 of Sweeping Juniper Coffee Table series Part 6: Burled Top with Turquoise Inlay is finished »

We have fninshed the first step in the Turquoise inlay process, I was really surprised how the color really pops out. We are waiting on our sandpaper to arrive and once it gets here we can get these tables completed


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Tom Adamski

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#1 posted 08-15-2008 01:22 AM

Very cool looking work. How do you apply turquoise?


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#2 posted 08-15-2008 01:27 AM

That looks really nice Candy, I am partial to Turquoise myself….the color really does pop…tell me, do you crush your material in a bag with a metal rod or do you get it already crushed…do you use a certain grade or from a specific mine? I have been experimenting with atomized copper and Turquoise together on a piece, since I learned that in nature they are found together in the same vein or rock formation.

That is going to be a beautiful coffee table…

Be Well….

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#3 posted 08-15-2008 04:22 AM

Looks great. I’m assuming you do not use typical epoxy as a binder?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 08-15-2008 04:49 AM

Tom – We use a dremmel to widen and clean up any natural cracks, then we apply a wood sealer, the wood sealer keeps the glue from darkening the surrounding wood and from following any cracks, it also helps protect any punky spots from being embedded with the rock dust when we sand it. Then we set the turquoise and then add CA glue which holds it in place. Once that dries we sand the tuquise down then fill in the voids with a finer dust/stone

SawDustnSplinters – We have a heavy piece of plastic tubing which is set over a piece of iron and we use an iron rod and hammer to crush the rock inside the tube. Some people crush it in a coffee can. We found a great place for any type of mineral, if you visit they have any and all minerals you can think of. This is our first time using turquoise and we ordered rough turquoise which comes in a large stone and it is out of Arizona. They have different types of turquoise available, we chose the one we thought had the best color.

Betsy – we use CA a glue, there are different thicknesses and we use the Thin glue. We get our glue from


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#5 posted 08-15-2008 04:50 AM

Looking good! Thanks for the update.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 08-15-2008 06:14 AM

Looks good, that is going to be a beautiful coffee table.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 08-15-2008 12:14 PM

It is nice….

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#8 posted 08-15-2008 02:27 PM


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#9 posted 08-16-2008 05:06 AM

Simply Breathtaking

Stopped by the web site as well, the creations are out of this world.

Candy, you are an inspiration to us all.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#10 posted 08-20-2008 07:14 AM

Candy, thanks for the info… I really like your work and appreciate the artistic side to it.


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#11 posted 08-21-2008 12:34 AM

A great piece of timber.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 08-29-2008 08:00 PM

That is very nice. The turquoise is wonderful. Down here in Texas, they use alot of turquoise with mesquite.
Usually mix finer granuals of turquoise with a two part epxoy and then fill the natural cracks.

Thanks for posting

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#13 posted 07-04-2009 11:49 PM

Candy, I also use coffee grounds with CA glue.Brass key shavings work really well in bringing out the color of Mesquite.I have used dry tempra paint also as a coloring agent.Your piece of Juniper really looks great and will be a great addittion to any room.Just keep on turning out great works.

-- Woodenbowlsbyjake

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