Learning to do inlay

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I recently bought a Latta Inlay Kit from my local Woodcraft, and have been learning how to use it to do inlays.
This particular picture is of a practice piece of line and berry inlay on walnut. Steve Latta (the creator of this tool set) would not be impressed.

-- Chris

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#1 posted 994 days ago

Maybe he wouldn’t, but I am. Looks real good to me. Almost looks like stringing

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 994 days ago

I agree with Gary. It may not impress Steve Latta, but it sure impresses this Steve. Good looking work; inlay is something I would like to get into in the near future. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#3 posted 994 days ago

I think You have It down Very well! Looks SO much better than My attemp!

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#4 posted 994 days ago

Its looking very nice! Its always good to start with single band and circle inlays! I think you are definitely on your way.

-- -Joshuah

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#5 posted 993 days ago

Wickedly good inlay pattern. It’s a very striking pattern.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 993 days ago

Looks pretty good to me for a first time try at it. Practice makes perfect.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 993 days ago

nice work for “just practice” I think you’re well on your way!

-- It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

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#8 posted 993 days ago

I think you did a really good job. I have been starting to play with stringing myself. Looks great.

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#9 posted 993 days ago

Trust me, it looks better than my first. Like everybody says it just takes practice. Is that chisel in the picture what you are leveling the inlay with? I found I had better control with the grain and tearing with a card scraper. Are you heating your strips with a iron, to make them bend for those curves? I use a old soldering iron and a flexible metal strip for backing. Have fun, Don

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#10 posted 993 days ago

We all gotta start out somewhere. This is a good start.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 993 days ago

I think that you are off to a great start.

I took a workshop from Steve Latta. He is a great instructor and a very positive guy. I think that he would be impressed with your work.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#12 posted 993 days ago

Looks very good to me. I too am just getting started doing this.
I would say you have a very good future doing this.

-- Life is good.

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#13 posted 986 days ago

That is a really nice piece, I actually think Steve latta would heap on the praise.

He would be impressed at what you have done learning on your own.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#14 posted 982 days ago

I have just done my first piece of furniture with inlay. See my project list. This was my first time with inlay and stringing. I found that I have a knack for it. The project was not without problems though. I gouged the walnut with the chisel like you did (and one was really deep). I had to sand 1/16th to 1/8th off of the front of the piece. I finally figured out to turn the chisel over with the bevel down to level the stringing. The other thing I learned was to buy at least twice the amount of stringing needed – cus it breaks often (especially when I was lost patience and forced it).

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#15 posted 982 days ago

Looks super to me

-- Custom furniture

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