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First Ever Inlay - Wooden Dog Pendants with Gorilla Glue

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Project by swamps42 posted 1155 days ago 2146 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had no idea what I wanted to do for this challenge when I first heard about it. I just knew that I wanted to start participating more in the community so I’d feel more connected and less like a young person cut off from all the usual wild young person activities. I’m pretty new in general to woodworking and very new to LumberJocks. I had received my first scroll saw, a Harbor Freight special about a year and a half ago and knew I wanted to do more than it was capable of now. I upgraded in a big way, a 21” Excalibur.

I was very excited about picking up my new saw and added some thin boards, a variety pack of Abranet that a fellow from a local guild recommended, some 0000 steel wool, and Gorilla Wood Glue to my purchase at my local Woodcraft shop. The boards I bought were 1/8th of an inch thick. I ended up using only the birdseye maple and the walnut for these particular pendants. I didn’t know what I was going to make when I bought the supplies. I just knew something would come to me from those beautiful strips of wood. My wonderful, semi-retired service dog, Sketcher the Schnauzer, proved to be my inspiration. The other two dogs I made, the German Shepherd and Welsh Corgi, are dogs belonging to two of my friends in my chronic pain support group.

I first drew out patterns that I liked on the computer, two identical copies of each dog shape were printed in rectangles. On one version of each dog I penciled in a wiggly line that covered all the separations between light and dark. On the other pattern, I outlined just the finished dog body shape I wanted to cut.

I stacked rectangles of both walnut and maple for the first cut of each dog. I then covered the top board in painters tape so the spray adhesive on the pattern wouldn’t damage the wood. I then cut the squiggle.

After cutting the squiggle, I glued the desired walnut piece to the corresponding maple puzzle piece with the Gorilla Glue. I clamped these down quite tightly going both across and up and down to cinch up the thin gap created by the number 2 blade I used. Between the thickness of the glue, the thin blade, and the clamps, the inlay looks perfect. I have to admit, I’m quite impressed with the Gorilla Glue compared to the Titebond that is what guy pal keeps in our shared garage. I’d always just used his glue before because it was free for me to use. I can say for sure after this project it will be Gorilla Glue I stock in my new garage…just as soon as my parents and I are done building me a place to live! Boy do I miss having a place to call my own…and a garage for all my dollhouse building and other woodcrafts. Naturally, I also set up a scrap bin for all the wonderful leftover 1/8” thick scraps. Some of the scrap squiggles make great sunset/landscape type images too after being glued up to their corresponding squiggle.

Anyhow, after the 30 minutes of clamp time was up, I carefully sanded off excess glue. I hadn’t been able to wipe it off like I normally would because the clamps literally covered the small projects. Thankfully, the excess glue still came up relatively easily after 30 minutes. After a light sanding with my Abranet, I layered up the masking tape, spray adhesive, and printer paper again exactly like for the first squiggle cut. I repeated the cut process with the second copy of the pattern, this one with an outline cut.

It was really magical peeling off the tape after the second cut. Since the patterns were placed in exactly the same spot in each rectangle, the cuts lined up and the dogs came out exactly as I’d wanted. Having the flash line up between the Welsh Corgi’s eyes, the Miniature Schnauzer’s eyebrow placed just right, and the German Shepherd’s dark top of his tail all line up just right was amazing!

After sitting for a moment and taking in the excitement of a project actually coming out perfectly the first time, I set about carefully sanding each pendant up to 600 grit with the Abranet, blowing off the excess dust with guy pal’s compressor, and coating the finished pendants with my favorite finish, a beeswax, caranauba wax, and food-grade mineral oil blend. After the finish had soaked in for about 20 minutes, I wiped off the excess and rubbed out the final finish with some 0000 white plastic steel wool equivalent pads I’d picked up on the same very big trip to Woodcraft. Believe it or not, that trip was my second ever time in the store and my first ever purchase!

How cool is it that I actually got all the supplies right on the first shopping trip given that I didn’t know what I was going to make, AND that it came out right the first time? I’m still in awe every time I look at these pendants.

Ultimately, all these dog pendants will have holes drilled and be put onto necklaces for me to sell at craft fairs and dog shows. I’d also like to put together a book of all the dog breeds as a download on my website, the unfinished one I’m still building. Sadly, I’m not nearly as good at building websites as I am at creating with wood! Then of course, I’ll have to do cats, and farm animals, and trucks, and every other awesome necklace shape I can think of!

I’m very excited that my dabblings in woodworking have been so successful thus far. I’ve been worried for years now that after being disabled so young I’d never be able to support myself again, much less pay any of my medical bills. I’m not so worried anymore. This new scroll saw is hope more than anything else. I finally believe that my parents won’t be the ones paying for my physical therapy forever. I CAN do this and the orders people have started placing for dog necklaces are proof. :)

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO





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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 1155 days ago

I am so excited to see your great projects, Kim! I went yesterday and picked up some holly and was planning on making a white cat shaped pendant or pin out of it. Mine isn’t going to be inlay like yours, but you got me to thinking! :) I have black to make an ebony one too. I wanted these for me, as I love cats.

I am a bit green eyed that you can get the gorilla glue for wood! Ever since William (a member here on LJ’s who is a wonderful scroller) told me about it a couple of weeks ago, I have been hunting for it and can’t find it. It sounds like it works great and I won’t give up!

Your pendants are so cool! I have been putting off making mine and I think after seeing yours I am really inspired to get going on them.

Good luck with the contest and thanks for sharing with us! :)

Sheila

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

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swamps42

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#2 posted 1155 days ago

I’ve done a few cats, but I can’t seem to find the best one. The cats I’ve done so far have all been solid, not inlay. I’m getting ready to try my hand at a tabby cat in inlay. However, lacewood with rather tight little holes works wonderfully for tabbies. Oddly, once I put the finish on, it looked like a tabby, not the panther I’d been expecting. I’ve also had a few requests for Siamese cats, so that’ll be one of my next designs.

There is one thing I’ve found to be a problem with cats, tails. On dogs, the legs all tend to go in the same direction, so you can use the grain to make them strong. However, cat’s tails are all over the place! They end up a bit too fragile out of 1/8” lacewood. The hard maple seems like it would hold up ok, but not like the dogs. I’ve been testing various designs for the strongest tail shape with relation to the grain planed out already for tail and ear strength. I really don’t wan to have to jump to blockier 1/4” stock if I can help it.

I can’t wait to see your pendants, and if you want some Gorilla Glue, I happen to have a Woodcraft shop about 5 minutes from my house with a big rack of glue. If you can’t get any locally, I’d be happy to send you a bottle for cost and shipping. I used to ship Oreos to the UK in trade just to get my Jelly Babies candy! Thankfully, I now have an awesome import shop with lots of candy ;)

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#3 posted 1155 days ago

Also, I think great minds think alike. I just so happen to have a huge bag of pin backs sitting on my desk. So far all my dogs have been too small to make into pins, but I figure I’ll just blow them up on the computer. I’m guessing the CA Gorilla Glue I’ve got in the adhesives box will bond the pin backs onto them pretty well. I’ve never actually bonded metal to wood with glue before, but I’ve heard great stuff about the CA Gorilla Glue. I bought a bottle a while back, but haven’t had use for any super glue…yet.

What adhesives have you tried for gluing on pin backs?

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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#4 posted 1155 days ago

You know what I do for the fragile parts? I use thin veneer backing on them. I got a BIG box from Lee Valley Tools, but they also sell thin veneer wooden business cards at places that work fine. You cut the pieces just a little smaller than the pin or pendant and glue the pieces on, using the veneer as a base. It strengthens them a LOT! After it is dry, you just sand and taper the backs of them so that they don’t show on the edges. I did my dolphin pins like this and my whale ones and any segmented ones I did. (Here is the link to the “project”: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33654 )That is how I old on the little fin pieces.

I will be happy to send you some of the cards if you want – and I may take you up on the glue. :) I just use titebond on mine. but I want to try the gorilla glue.

Let me know!

Sheila

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

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#5 posted 1155 days ago

I love the dolphin pins! I’ve not tried that kind of segmentation yet, but I’ve got a first project picked out. It’ll be on a larger, beginner scale though. It’ll probably end up as a door stop for my grandmother.

I’d only ever used Elmers and Titebond before. It’s no contest now with the Gorilla Glue. I’ll have to see about business cards as a source of veneer. That sounds pretty cool. I’ve not been able to find any veneer that’s priced even close to reasonable here with the exception of a HUGE bulk pack. I just can’t spring for that until I pay guy pal back for my scroll saw. It’s so hard to pace myself when there’s so much I have yet to learn and experiment with!

Ultimately, I’d like to put some maple veneer strips in waves through some mahogany blanks and turn them into drop spindles on my lathe. I’m big into the fiber arts too; I spin, knit, crochet, needle felt, and am starting to weave too. I’ve actually sold all the drop spindles I’ve made so far and those were just turned on some 2”x2” pine scrap I had leftover from building a shelf unit.

-- -Kim, Peyton, CO

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