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Inlay Plaid Tray

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Project by Wiley posted 06-27-2010 06:15 AM 2637 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was mainly a way of playing with all the new colors of inlay I had after a trip to the lumber yard. I had a bunch of freshly cut inlay, and I had a 12”x12” scrap of plywood. But because I’m too deeply practical to make a purely decorative project, I decided to add a couple of coats of poly, bevel the edge, and call it a small tea tray.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind





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#1 posted 06-27-2010 07:08 AM

That looks really…. Scottish :)
Can you describe a bit how you are making the cuts for your inlays. Router? Dremel? Table saw?
Do you do the pattern a little at a time or cut it all then inlay?
I would have a hard time keeping track of what and where to cut in such a complicated design

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 07:53 AM

Very unusual tray, I like it!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 02:02 PM

Hey Wiley, that looks like fun.
Like Scott, I would like to know how you did it.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 02:16 PM

I have to agree with Scott.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 03:37 PM

These were the basic steps:
1. Cut all the channels on the router. This leaves an irregular grid looking pattern on the surface of the wood.
2. Cut all the individual inlay pieces. This isn’t as hard to keep track of as you might think, because the weave is just a basic basketweave pattern. This means that once you’ve cut the first piece, you just have to size each piece so that it’s two blocks long, if that makes any sense. It’s going to go through the first intersection and then stop at the next. I generally cut the inlay strip roughly to length with scissors, and then fine tune the fit by running the inlay over some sandpaper I have glued to a piece of scrap.
3. Once I’ve cut and sized every piece of inlay for the whole project, I begin glueing. This is actually the hardest step in some ways. Ideally, all of the pieces in one section need to be in place before the glue dries on any of the pieces that abut them. This way you don’t have to worry about a piece being a tiny bit off and sticking out into the channel of another piece. With a project like this, there’s nowhere you can stop midway.So you have to get everything ready beforehand, and then work quickly. I’m still searching for the perfect glue bottle, which I think would help a lot.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 04:10 PM

Thanks for sharing your process.. Very nice tray : )

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 05:33 PM

I was also going to remark that this must be someone’s tartan… or you just created a new one that deserves to be registered.

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 05:42 PM

Something is easy when you are really good at it.
This is really impressive work, especially for playing :)
Thanks Wiley

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 06:53 PM

Wonderful design idea with the plaid Wiley. Outstanding work too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-28-2010 02:44 AM

Very nice tray. I like the plaid look too. Well done.

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