Seems like it has been forever since I posted! I guess I have been busier doing things, instead of typing! I managed to complete refinishing an antique cabinet for my daughter, which freed up space in my shop, which led to cleaning up my shop and working on some jigs, in between trying out new tools recieved for Christmas. I am working on designs for a couple of possible commisions, which led to some experiments with wire inlay. I have did a little research regarding silver wire inlay. The established process involves cutting grooves and hammering flat strips of metal into the grooves. Water can be used to swell the grooves to tightly hold the strips, which are then filed/sanded flush to the surface of the wood. Brass, copper, and other metals can also be used. I played around a bit with some copper wire and liked the results, but being a lazy sort, I decided to try using my woodburning pen to make the grooves. I figured since I could control the heat, it would be somewhat easier to make the grooves, rather than carving them. And I also had a roll of steel wire that seemed about the right size. The process worked pretty good, but I decided to use CA glue to hold the wire in place after it was bent to the approximate shape. Hammering it in didn’t seem to work very well, even after heating the wire to remove the temper. The CA glue seemed to hold it though, and I burnished it with an old tack hammer unti it held, doing small sections at a time. I used a drum sander to bring it all flush and it turned out fairly well. I need to work on fitting the joints together better, but I like the way it looks. My thinking is this wire may not tarnish like real silver. What do you guys think? Any comments and advice are always welcomed!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com