Malamute Stone Inlay

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Project by drawninstone posted 11-09-2016 02:38 PM 359 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this piece for a customer. They sent me a pic of their friend’s dog and asked if I could reproduce it as a stone inlay and this was the result.
I do all of the large cutting with a router and then switch to a Fordom Micromotor running end mills (the kind used in machining) for the finer details.
This is my first post here – so I’m not really sure how this goes. If you have any questions please ask! I love to geek out and talk about wood, rocks and tools!

-- Darci,

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#1 posted 11-09-2016 03:59 PM

Very nice! And – Welcome to LJs!

I was going to say “That really rocks” but I decided not to …

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#2 posted 11-09-2016 04:09 PM

Hmm, I think your art style has weight, bahaha.

Seriously though, very cool effect! Curious of the time to do such a piece and more of the process. Is it ground stone you use to fill the segments and sand/grind it down when dry?

-- Kel Snake, ~ Mystery By Design ~

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#3 posted 11-09-2016 04:11 PM

Great art work.

-- Bruce - Indiana

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#4 posted 11-09-2016 07:50 PM

Welcome and one heck of a first post. Great work, I grew up in Michigan with Malamutes. Great dog! They will love this no doubt!!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-09-2016 08:59 PM


I use crushed stone to fill the segments. I crush it myself to get a variety of sizes. I start with the largest size and place each piece with tweezers to get the color fades that I want (I also will layer one type of stone over another to enhance the colors or blend them). I glue in the largest pieces, let it dry, sand it down and then repeat the process with smaller and smaller bits of rock until I’m just filling with various types of rock dust on my final fill. I do my first sand with a belt sander (need a REALLY light touch for that!) and subsequent sands with a palm sander. Depending on the type of stone the final sand is with somewhere between 600 and 1000 grit. Because my pieces are intended to be actually used as serving boards it’s finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

-- Darci,

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#6 posted 11-09-2016 11:00 PM

Wow…that is wonderful. As a dog lover I was drawn to check out the post. And looking and reading about the process -well, back to WOW. Thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 11-09-2016 11:28 PM

Great Job! I love the way you made the stone look fluffy like fur. Welcome to Lumberjocks, I look forward to more of your projects. I am a big fan of the wood/stone combinations (although I have not tried inlay yet). Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 11-10-2016 12:02 AM

#1. WELCOME #2. GREAT WORK #3. We will want a tutorial of that for sure!

-- just rjR

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#9 posted 11-10-2016 05:36 AM

That is some beautiful work!
The personalty of the dog really comes through!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 11-10-2016 10:36 AM

Excellent work!!!

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#11 posted 11-10-2016 01:16 PM

Looks great Darci and welcome to LJ’s.


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#12 posted 11-10-2016 08:09 PM

This is a fantastic piece! Great job and incredible detail. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Zach, Ohio

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