My First Inlay, Rose Plack.

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Project by scrappy posted 1976 days ago 2608 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my First attempt at inlay.

6×6 picture

Smoothed with card scraper.

4 coats af hand wipe poly, 1200 grit between coats.

I used to use a scrollsaw at work but that was over 25 years ago (boy I’m getting old). Havn’t played with one since then.

Picked up a used craftman 20” saw at a yard sale after looking at many things on this site with inlays, and decided to give it a try.

The first thing was to decide on a pattern. ( not that good at free hand drawing)

After going through MANY Free web pages with line drawings and clipart, Finally decided on this rose.

Re-Sawed all the wood for the design and back-ground to 1/8 inch.

Smoothed front to enough to accept drawing. Getting better at useing that card scraper ( sharpened putty knife )

Tranfered drawing to wood with carbon paper. And started sawing.

Cut background out first: one piece at a time, then used hole as template to mark inlay wood. Cut and glued it in. Cut next piece.

Thanks to all the info on this site from all you lumberjocks out there, this ended up being a fairly easy piece to do.

I need a LOT more practice with the saw, but that will come in time. This will be the first of I hope many to come.

Really enjoyed the proccess. It was exiting to see this come together one pice at a time.

Wife wanted to hang this on the wall, so it will not be making it to a box lid.

Background , Unknown wood from cut off bin

Stem, Poplar from pallet

Rose, Blood wood cut off

Frame, Walnut from pallet

Welcome all comments and critiques, Looking to improve, so would like tips amd tricks to make things easier.

Thanks for looking and being an inspiration to others.


P.S. Added close up of rose.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 1976 days ago

Nice, think you got it. Up and away!!!!!!!!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 1976 days ago

Scrappy that is awesome – even got the thorns on the stem. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1976 days ago

Scrappy, this one really caught my attention. You did a nice job on the inlay and its color and detail are well done.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1976 days ago

Great Job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 1976 days ago


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 1976 days ago

Very nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Marco Cecala

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#7 posted 1975 days ago

Nice detail work, wood selection, grain, and color went a long way to make this a spectacular piece.

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#8 posted 1975 days ago

Scraooy: That is a fantastic first try. Good job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#9 posted 1975 days ago

I wish my first attempt at marquetry turned out so well. Did you plan on the top little “petal” of the rose to be heart shaped or did it just work out that way?
In any case – nice touch.

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#10 posted 1975 days ago

Wood Wench
That was not on purpose but the wife just loves the extra! Scored points on accident! gotta love it!

Thanks to every one for the great comments, and encoouragement!

Will post more soon.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#11 posted 1975 days ago

Not to bad for a first try. Very well done. Thanks for sharing

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#12 posted 1975 days ago

very nice job. much better than my first attempt

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#13 posted 1975 days ago

Good work


-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 1975 days ago

yes i’ll say pretty darn good for a first try , good job, thanks for posting.
—- john—Moose Jaw

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#15 posted 1836 days ago

just beautiful. love it.


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