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Location: San Mateo, CA
Website: seclay.com

I should begin by saying that I am hardly deserving of being called a woodworker especially amongst those who frequent this site. Sure I have a shop with the typical amenities, table saw, router table, even a Festool or two, and yes I do work with wood to a degree...by default. I'm even a licensed General Contractor.

What I do is manufacture a new creative medium for woodworking. A few years ago I patented a process for creating solid marble and granite inlays designed specifically for insertion in hardwood furniture and furnishings i.e. virtually anything you can rout a groove in. My website explains how they fit as well as they do despite the fact the rigidity of stone might seam incompatible with the tendency of hardwood products to expand and contract.

In any case I had the good fortune to collaborate with Glen Guarino on a recent project. He designed and built an exquisite coffee table and I put 32 feet of 1/2 wide inlays in it. it was through him that I learned about this website and of the many creative and talented people that are its members.

There is much I can learn here and needless to say I am hoping to have the opportunity to work with some of talented woodworkers on some joint projects.

It could well be quite an adventure!

-- Sean, California http://www.seclay.com

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#1 posted 770 days ago

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 770 days ago

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 770 days ago

I haven’t even started on my profile and already I’ve received such a warm welcome. It’s much appreciated.
Thanks to Max, Jim, and Martin!

-- Sean, California http://www.seclay.com

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#4 posted 769 days ago

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 769 days ago

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#6 posted 769 days ago

Welcome. You’ll love this place. I look forward to seeing more of your projects,

Garry

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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#7 posted 769 days ago

Welcome to LJs , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Your Table is not only beautiful but quite exceptional.
I am curious as to how the granite is attached.
Has the radial expansion of the wood been problematic, and if so what is the cure?
It’s not my intent to sound skeptical, rather, I am interested in expanding my knowledge, very interested in trying this or similar combinations.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 768 days ago

First of all, thanks to Wayne, Rick, and Garry for the warm welcome as well as the kind words…and thank you Len… so, to answer your question, here’s how they work:

The inlays have a trapezoidal cross-section such that from top to bottom (about 3/8”) they narrow by roughly 1/16”. If I use the example of a nominal 1/2” wide inlay the actual width at the top is .503” or .003” wider than the groove routed in the wood. Consequently the expansion and contraction of the wood never exceeds the extra width of the inlay and since the inlay is only wider than 1/2” from the top to just about .020” down it wouldn’t make much difference either way. The upper edges of the inlay would simply dig in a little further when the wood expanded.

A press fit is achieved by the wedge-shaped profile to the extent that the depth of the groove can and should be cut deeper than the height of the inlay. What’s critical is that the dimensions of the inlays are kept to very tight tolerances and believe it or not the dimensions of those in Glen’s coffee table vary no more than +/- .001”. The method we use to achieve those tolerances and make stone inlays seemingly too long and narrow to cut without breaking are what the patents are all about.

I’d be happy to send you some samples if you’d like. If you’re like me, it’s much easier to see how something works when you’re holding it in your hand than it is to follow a verbal explanation!

-- Sean, California http://www.seclay.com

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