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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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Gary

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 01:10 AM

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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SteveGaskins

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 01:19 AM

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, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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olddutchman1

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 01:22 AM

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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Joshuah

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 03:01 AM

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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CalgaryGeoff

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 09:05 AM

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 12-02-2011 03:31 PM

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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ichbinpete

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#7 posted 12-02-2011 05:10 PM

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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s_grifter

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#8 posted 12-02-2011 07:12 PM

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

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Gpops

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#9 posted 12-02-2011 08:11 PM

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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Cozmo35

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#10 posted 12-02-2011 11:28 PM

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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ChuckV

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#11 posted 12-03-2011 12:24 AM

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.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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Howie

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#12 posted 12-03-2011 01:19 AM

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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DrDirt

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#13 posted 12-09-2011 06:38 PM

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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Nik

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#14 posted 12-13-2011 06:56 AM

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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a1Jim

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#15 posted 12-13-2011 06:58 AM

Looks super to me

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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