Inlay Sailboat lazy susan

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Project by Hoakie posted 12-24-2010 08:30 PM 2235 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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]

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 09:05 PM

Man, I like that.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 09:30 PM

Very artistic and well done. I think the colors came out perfectly.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 09:47 PM

Neato! Great gift!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 10:09 PM

I like it. I’m both a sailor and an experimenter with aniline dyes. I like what you’ve done with the dyes and I like the stylized sailboat.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 10:16 PM

Nice job, I like the colors a lot.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 10:36 PM

The heck with the lazy susan I would hang it on the wall.
You nailed the moment baby.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 10:56 PM

Very nice Hoakie.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 11:12 PM

Nice job! Yes, it’s amazing how much that grain looks like water!

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 07:13 PM

I agree with Bob… that boat looks like it’s really floating on water. My favorite subjects… sailing and woodworking…. Great piece Hoakie!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-29-2010 12:31 AM

The water looks real, so I think your dye job worked perfect. A very nice and arty project. I’ll bet your dad likes it a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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