|Project by Hoakie||posted 12-24-2010 08:30 PM||1506 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I had been thinking about this project for a long time and finally got the guts to go for it. I purchased an inlay kit for my router earlier in the summer and did my first “bow-tie” inlay to test it out. When I got the result I wanted, I thought it would be neat to make an inlaid sailboat for my Dad for Christmas since he is a big sailor. Not really knowing what to make, aside from a sailboat….I went to the Wood Smith store in Des Moines and browsed (dangerous). I ran across the aniline dyes and thought it would be cool to try them out. I figured Red, Blue and Yellow should get me any color I wanted so I bought those. I also ran back to the lumber section an perused their cutoff bin to see what they had. I hit the jackpot because I found a piece of “queensland…something” that had a beautiful wave pattern in it. I found thought I could use that as the wave for the boat to sail on. At the suggestion of SWMBO, I decided to make a panel that was inversed and use one part of the wave for the water and leave the other natural for the clouds.
I experimented quite a bit with the dye’s and intensities and decided that I liked the rustic, worn look best for this project. when I got close to finishing, I still hadn’t decided if I wanted to turn it into a wall hanging, serving tray, etc. I finally decided to make a lazy-susan out of it for their kitchen. It turned out pretty good and the inlays worked great. I just wish the dye’s penetrated a little deeper into the wood because I tried to dye the inlay pieces first, but i ended up taking all the dye off when making them flush. In the end, I basically had to “paint the dye onto the sailboat.
All in all it was a great experience and got a lot of confidence in using my “artistic license”.
Merry Xmas all.
-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]