Oklahoma Sunset

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Project by Coloneldon posted 07-19-2010 01:42 AM 1895 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow I got lucky. This is my first try at inlaying a picture onto one of my works. The luck was selecting a board I used to make the plate. This board is figured walnut and as you can see once I put the tree on it all the figure just jumped out. The dark section across the lower half I did pick to represent the ground and so I put the trees just above it. I did not see that below it would appear to be the ripples of a pond until I put the first coat of finish on—then the top portion’s colors came to life as well and it truly looks like a sunset. I wish I was a better at photos so all could see what I am seeing. I took one picture inside and one out (note: outside phone has a shadow from a tree on it) to give the best possible pictures for your review.

Now I will explain the process. I turned the plate (it is about 14” in diameter) to about 3/8” thick then using my rotary tool and a straight bit I cut a 3/16” deep picture into the plate front. Then filled this with crushed stone (Boitite and other black semisoft black stone) then filled the picture area full of thin CA glue. Sanded the picture flush with the wood then I put the plate back on the lathe and finished turning the back side as thin as possible without cutting through the back side into where I had carved the tree. Finally, reversed the bowl and finished turning the back of the plate. Then used spray Lacquer for the finish. Note: the plate ended up being about 1/8” thick, while sanding from the front I sanded off about 1/2 of the stone I had inlaid before it all looked good.

Thanks for looking COLdon

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 02:03 AM

My oh my!! Marvelous!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 02:59 AM

this is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful job you did. Thanks so much for explaining the process too.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 03:01 AM

Outstanding. What a piece of wood and the workmanship-wonderful

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 03:17 AM

What a beautiful plate!!!!! Each of your projects just gets better and better!! Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 07-19-2010 03:23 AM

Wow this is a great looking plate and very cool inlay.

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#6 posted 07-19-2010 03:27 AM

Beautiful, what a great job you did!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#7 posted 07-19-2010 04:18 PM

That came out great. The figure in the wood really does work perfectly with the inlay.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-19-2010 06:10 PM

That is fantastic. Great job with the orientation & the inlay. Well done.

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#9 posted 05-07-2011 02:43 PM

looks like a pond on Saturn, with a little black hole opening up in the middle. I like it.

good stuff!

-- Everyday Woodworking is saving my life.

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