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Project by MikeD1971 posted 04-16-2015 11:25 PM 1011 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this mahogany coffee table for my sister. The top is maple, with butterfly inlays made from black bamboo and purple heart. Tulips are purple heart and jade wood.





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TomTinkerSum

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 01:00 AM

Beautiful table. Would love to see some close-up details including your inlay work.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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LesB

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 03:57 PM

Great work.
Could you explain how you did the inlays. I’m assuming it was done with a router and template guide.

-- Les B, Oregon

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 04:32 PM

This is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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MikeD1971

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#4 posted 04-17-2015 05:12 PM

Thanks Tom, Les and helluvawreck! I used a scroll saw to do the inlays, I will post more pics showing how I did it.

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MikeD1971

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#5 posted 04-17-2015 05:24 PM



Great work.
Could you explain how you did the inlays. I m assuming it was done with a router and template guide.

- LesB


Hi Les,

I got multicolored woods and maple planed down to 1/4” thick. I then stacked the colored wood on top of the maple and held it down with duct tape. I drilled small holes through both pieces then used a fine wire blade on my scroll saw to cut out both pieces. Once done, swap the colored pieces with the plane maple pieces. I then laid all of this on top of a 1/4 thick piece of maple with no cutouts and glued it all together in a panel press. I filled the small gaps from the saw blades with died epoxy using a needle and then sanded smooth.

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MikeD1971

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#6 posted 04-17-2015 05:25 PM


Great work.
Could you explain how you did the inlays. I m assuming it was done with a router and template guide.

- LesB

Hi Les,

I got multicolored woods and maple planed down to 1/4” thick. I then stacked the colored wood on top of the maple and held it down with duct tape. I drilled small holes through both pieces then used a fine wire blade on my scroll saw to cut out both pieces. Once done, swap the colored pieces with the plane maple pieces. I then laid all of this on top of a 1/4 thick piece of maple with no cutouts and glued it all together in a panel press. I filled the small gaps from the saw blades with died epoxy using a needle and then sanded smooth.

See the extra photos I added.

- MikeDyszel


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#7 posted 04-17-2015 06:15 PM

I love your table.

-- Bert

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MikeD1971

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#8 posted 04-17-2015 09:46 PM



I love your table.

- b2rtch

Thanks Bert!

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MikeD1971

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#9 posted 04-17-2015 09:48 PM



This is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles! Its a labor of love… As we all know!

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MikeD1971

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#10 posted 04-17-2015 09:50 PM



Beautiful table. Would love to see some close-up details including your inlay work.

- TomTinkerSum

Thanks Tom. Check out the new pictures I posted. Shows how I did the inlays.

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 04-17-2015 11:02 PM

beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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LesB

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#12 posted 04-18-2015 05:34 PM


Great work.
Could you explain how you did the inlays. I m assuming it was done with a router and template guide.

- LesB

Hi Les,

I got multicolored woods and maple planed down to 1/4” thick. I then stacked the colored wood on top of the maple and held it down with duct tape. I drilled small holes through both pieces then used a fine wire blade on my scroll saw to cut out both pieces. Once done, swap the colored pieces with the plane maple pieces. I then laid all of this on top of a 1/4 thick piece of maple with no cutouts and glued it all together in a panel press. I filled the small gaps from the saw blades with died epoxy using a needle and then sanded smooth.

See the extra photos I added.

- MikeDyszel

- MikeDyszel

Great. You have far more patience than I do with that detailed cutting. FYI the router and template method works very well and would be easier and faster. you might check it out. Just Google router template guides.

-- Les B, Oregon

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mbs

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#13 posted 04-18-2015 11:57 PM

Love it!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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MikeD1971

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#14 posted 04-20-2015 03:00 AM


Great work.
Could you explain how you did the inlays. I m assuming it was done with a router and template guide.

- LesB

Hi Les,

I got multicolored woods and maple planed down to 1/4” thick. I then stacked the colored wood on top of the maple and held it down with duct tape. I drilled small holes through both pieces then used a fine wire blade on my scroll saw to cut out both pieces. Once done, swap the colored pieces with the plane maple pieces. I then laid all of this on top of a 1/4 thick piece of maple with no cutouts and glued it all together in a panel press. I filled the small gaps from the saw blades with died epoxy using a needle and then sanded smooth.

See the extra photos I added.

- MikeDyszel

- MikeDyszel

Great. You have far more patience than I do with that detailed cutting. FYI the router and template method works very well and would be easier and faster. you might check it out. Just Google router template guides.

- LesB

Thanks Les. Call me sick but the scroll saw work is therapeutic :).

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