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Project by MoreWoodPlease posted 07-04-2010 05:11 PM 7446 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pair of inlaid frames for my boss. He had these two granite tiles, but no frames for them. So, in standard woodworker fashion I declared, I’ll make ya something boss. Two months later, here they are.
It was my first attempt at inlay. I had some purple heart, and rock maple scrap from a cutting board project which became the herringbone inlay. Some scrap cherry from a display case project made up the frame. My first try at inlaying the inlay, I just wrapped the frame with the inlay in one direction. I just didn’t look right. Then I referred to one of the many magazines I had laying around to discover that there is a method to the madness. So the second frame came out much better. Alternate colors at the miters, then split at the center-line of each side. “Oh, that’s how you inlay herringbone.” For a first try, I was pleased, and so was my boss.
Beaded 1/8” cherry wraps the frames to hide the french cleat from the side. Biscuits at the miters of the frame for strength because the tiles are 12”sq granite; heavy.

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 06:04 PM

Great looking Frames and inlay! Well done

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

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 06:18 PM

Great work and nice looking too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 06:33 PM

Beautiful work. You complimented the granite wonderfully! I’m impressed with the herringbone – I initially assume it was a premade inlay strip you had purchased.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 07:44 PM

Great job! Hope it gets a promotion and raise. Or at least some brownie points.

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 09:28 PM

These are really nice!

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 09:52 PM

Very nice work.

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 10:52 PM

I am impressed…

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 10:24 AM

As an ex member of the force in Toronto and an ex Air Force policeman, I know your cheif appreciated these excellent examples of the woodcrafter’s art immensely. Well done!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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