Cork-Board Frame Walnut & Turquoise Inlay

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Project by Ken90712 posted 04-19-2012 10:22 PM 4790 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally had some spare time during the drying time of finish on our outdoor table. I have had so many requests from friends and family for these boards that everyone now brings me all their corks! I have a Aunt and Uncle that live in Boulder who are very special to us. She loves turquoise, and I have wanted to try stone inlay for some time. So one night while sitting and visiting with them I had this idea. Well, I finally got it crossed off my To-Do List!

The frame is Walnut cut on my Incra 1000 with Maple splines for strength. I routered a rabbit out for the back panel. I finished it with 4 cost of Enduro Varnish by General finishes. Its roughly 17×17

She has all her corks to hot glue them in. She told me they have been saving them for some time. It takes over 100 to fill it in.

It was a fun little time filler project for me, now all I need to do is mail it out.

Thx for looking.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 10:25 PM

Nice work Ken, did you use Inlace?

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 10:26 PM

Yes, thx.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 10:51 PM

Good looking frame Ken.
I’ve found a good source for raw ( and finished) turquoise. It’s the sleeping beauty mine in AZ. I’m on my iPhone or I would send you a link. They have GREAT prices.
Take care

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 10:57 PM

Looking good from here…Nicely done

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 10:57 PM

That’s FANTASTIC, Ken!

I’m not sure where all those corks are going to go…
... on the walnut openings inside the Turquoise?
... if not, where?

Your inlay was just perfect!
Do you have stone cutting saws, etc. to the Turquoise cut in the strips?

Really very nice!

She will LOVE it!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 11:08 PM

Great job, Ken.


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#7 posted 04-19-2012 11:08 PM

Hey Ken, that is just sweet.
I have never tried Inlace. If I could do half as good a job, I would be pleased indeed.

Nice work,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 11:32 PM

Can’t get any better miters than that!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

#9 posted 04-20-2012 12:15 AM

Great job lov the rock use it myself.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#10 posted 04-20-2012 04:36 AM

that was done very well. I agree that the miters look great. A nice gift for you aunt. Did she have to drink all of the wine herself??

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 04-20-2012 08:00 AM

Thx everyone, it was a fun project. Something new to try as well.

Joe, the corks get glued onto the Board in the border of the frame like the other one in the pic above it made out of Oak.

Plantek, I’ll look for that web site thx for the info. I might have to e mail you if a I can’t find it.


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 04-20-2012 12:20 PM

Beautiful work Ken. Nice gift.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 04-20-2012 05:46 PM

OH, OK, I see it now… I didn’t know what I was looking at… LOL

That is one bunch of corks! A lot of pleasure was had collecting them too… assuming that they held Wine! LOL

You had to design the dimensions so that the corks could EVENLY fit into it…

COOL idea…

For the most part, all of the wine we drink comes in a 5L box… w/o a cork!
... otherwise, we would be able to make one too! LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 04-20-2012 09:32 PM

I like em both. I like the turquoise inays. Nice Idea for some good wine corks also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 04-21-2012 12:23 AM

OUTSTANDING! A fun project I am sure. The inlay is very well done and I like the affect. I have never heard of Inlace, I will have to check it out.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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