My First Inlay Bowl

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Project by thiswoodshop posted 08-26-2011 09:06 PM 1678 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I think I got my hand somewhat around turning. I got a lovely peace of walnut that I turned in to a key bowl for my wife. She wanted something we could drop our keys in when we walk into the house. I used epoxy and crushed white marble to achieve this. I am very new to woodworking, Turning and inlaying – so if the epoxy was not the correct method please advise of any better method out there. The bowl was finished with Tung Oil and came out beautifully. It very solid and weighs quite a bit.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 09:20 PM

Whatever works or floats your boat is good. I tend to use medium or thick CA glue because of quicker cure time and not as messy. The larger the “crack/groove” I go with thick but smaller cracks I may even go with thin so the glue will get all over everything.

This is a nice looking bowl but if it was mine, I would make the walls a bit thinner, however I don’t know the style of your house and maybe this fits with the decor! JMO

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 09:42 PM

Thank you, the wall was intended to be thinner but I have very thick black granite counter and this fits in nicely with it. Given that this is only my 4th bowl and i need to practice a lot more.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#3 posted 08-27-2011 11:14 AM

Hey that turned out real nice. How hard was it to turn the crushed marble? I have never used that before.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 03:30 PM

I finished the turning and then did the inlay. It was sanded down starting at a 60 grid and ending with 500 grid that was used in combination with mineral spirits.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 06:50 PM

Excellent bowl for your 4th attempt!! I think my bowl attempts 4 through 30 ended up as funnels! LOL I really like your nice crisp sharp transition from bottom to side. It really invites the eye into the bowl to explore the grain and transitions.

If you can get your hands on a copy of Jimmy Clewes Bowl Turning video I would highly recommend it. Just the first part of the video escalated my turning skills exponentially. Check YouTube for it, or there are other places that you can download or stream woodworking videos. For me the biggest change in my turning was the use of curves along the lower portion of the bowl.

If you haven’t do so already I would also suggest you look into power sanding. I recognize the streaking on the bottom of your bowl, as I have had to re-sand many a bowl that ended up with those darn stripes! I order most of my sanding supplies through Their prices are much better than anywhere else I have found.

Enjoy your journey into turning!

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 03:07 PM

Thanks for the the advice, I will have to look into a different method, it seems for every line I remove I add 2 more. That’s why i left it as is.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" -

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 04:15 AM

I LOVE to turn walnut. I just started turning myself, Thank you for providing the idea for my first inlay, I am going to crush up some spanish walnut and use an epoxy to make a nice dark inlay on a white maple vase I am working on.

Not to mention how lovely this method would be to use to cover up nasty glue joins…. Use the parting tool to make a nice flat crevice over the glue joint, put in your inlay.. Presto magico!

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