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Inlay Turning Experiment

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Project by Kelly posted 04-30-2018 04:42 AM 412 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing several beautiful wood rings with inlays, I was inspired to attempt doing inlays on turnings. These are the first of those experiments.

For these, the initial experiments, I just used pine from a tree the wind pushed it down in our yard.

After reviewing several YouTube videos on how wood ring inlays were done, I determined I would have to strike out in a different direction. Rather than use so called super glue to build a solid inlay, I wanted more of an opal like appearance. To get that, I used 2:1 epoxy.

Because the epoxy went completely around the turnings and is very fluid, the item had to be turned, constantly, until the resin would no longer droop/slough off.

Since the items being inlaid had to be turned for several hours to avoid sloughing, I looked to a slow speed lathe I built, which turned the turnings at around five RPM.

For those interested, the slow speed lathe was fashioned after ones fishing rod builders use and uses a variable speed, reversible rotisserie motor, temporarily held in place, probably forever, with plumber’s tape.

To spin an assortment of items, I turned various live center drives, from wood, that would accept the shapes being mounted on the lathe. I, also, turned a few wood #2 Jacobs chucks. I left the heads large enough to allow me to inset bearings in them.

To add to the versatility of the slow speed lathe, I built a roller support, which can be swapped with the one for the taper chucks, and which does nothing more than support long items, like the walking stick in the photo.

Though I had already started nicer, perhaps, more efficient rollers, I noticed I had these fridge casters, while looking for a set of wheels for a cart I just built. A simple 2x, with a hole for the caster mounting stud, and I, at least for the time being, cut hours off building a set to allow me to epoxy the five foot long stick in the photos.





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#1 posted 05-01-2018 01:11 AM

Very pretty.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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