circle inlay problem- solution: punt

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Blog entry by patron posted 10-12-2012 06:58 PM 2424 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

while doing some inlay work
with a router and bushings
while cutting the 1/4” thick inlay
the double sided tape gave way

and i lost the reference to continue

well i looked for one of my many compasses
to draw the line right
but the gremlins got them
so i was faced with free handing or …..

BOOING! (inspiration)

taking a piece of scrap
and driving two nails thru it
(see them sticking out at the bottom)

re-taping the part down securely this time
on a flat surface
i pushed the nails to the edge of the round inlay
and marked the other side
where the circle was right
on the edge of the scrap

and with a razor knife
cut a small ‘v’ notch there
for the sharp pencil to ride with
while pushing the block tight to the inlay
and rotating both together

after cutting close on the band saw
then sanding the edge to the line
on the disk sander
and rounding the bottom edge slightly on the inlay
i was ready for glue in the recessed wood
and using a block and hammer
drove the inlay home

from past experience
i have learned that most glues shrink some as they lose moisture
and can leave a hollow under the inlay
or suck it down further if it is thin

so with some wax paper

and clamps and a solid backer board
squeezed it good

so after all was said and done
here is the inlay

so things i learned here

1 – don’t fret to much
2 – keep an open mind
3 – innovate when necessary

thanks for looking
play safe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 07:01 PM

cool idea will have to rember this
thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 07:03 PM

Great save as always.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 07:11 PM

Sound advice, David and a useful blog. Having lost the reference points for trimming on boards for EZ Mitre more times than I care to mention (usually through final sanding) I agree wholeheartedly with your three points.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 07:33 PM

A “kick save” and a beauty!!! Score one for the home team. Very nice recovery.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 07:47 PM

Always have spare parts. Your solution worked well though.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 10-12-2012 07:47 PM

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.

J Russell Lowell

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 08:07 PM


You fixed the piece very nicely and it looks GREAT…

Looks like a beautiful project you’re working on!

But, wasn’t the problem that the Double sided tape failed to stay stuck?

If you had used more of it all the way round, & really pushed HARD on it to make Solid Contact, wouldn’t that have stopped the problem from happening?

Did I miss something? (as I usually do) LOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 08:23 PM

you called it right joe

not enough tape
and the bottom of the inlay part
not smooth enough

live and learn

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 10-12-2012 08:24 PM

;0) good to land on your feet

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 10-12-2012 09:30 PM

Very resourceful David, you got a lot of experience.

That inlay is cool.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 10:49 PM

Another great job, David. And, by the way…your compass it’s on the floor

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 10:58 PM

Wow – good save here…..very clever indeed. And the inlay is incredible!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 11:11 PM

Nice work David!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#14 posted 10-13-2012 01:57 AM

Another clever save by Patron! I think you forgot more about woodworking before breakfast this morning than I will ever learn! That’s why I always run to you for advice. PS: nice inlay job.

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

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#15 posted 10-13-2012 02:16 AM

I wouldn’t call that a punt, I’d call it recovering your own fumble and taking it in for the touchdown.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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