|Project by USCJeff||posted 08-01-2012 03:39 AM||1319 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I had been wanting to try to do some epoxy inlays for a while and came up with this project to test the waters. In the end, it was an enjoyable process that didn’t take too much trial and error to get a decent finished inlay.
The process is straight forward and the pictures sum up most of the methods. I used biscuits to join the maple to get an approximate 10” square. Depending on how your plan to cut the recess for the pinstripes, don’t round the corners yet. I used the tried and true “L” shaped scratch stock that always works wonders. I already had a cutter (former jointer or planer knife) that had a profile that worked for the pinstripes. The fence on the stock kept everything square (thus don’t round corners yet). The “P” (Mom-in-Law: Rosemary “P”eck) inlay was the real work. I found a font I liked on the computer and printed off a card stock template to help in drawing the shapes. The depths aren’t much more than an 1/8” or so. I passed on my small router and mounted a Dremel tool into a plunge router base accessory for it. The tiny bit worked better than my smallest router bit.
Now the real fun. The epoxy! First off, there are some “how-to’s” on some of the big name woodworking magazine sites that suggest using 5 minute epoxy. I had no chance at getting the epoxy in place before it starts to become unworkable. Get slow set epoxy and take your time. I see no disadvantage to the slow set. There are many ways to color epoxy. Liquid and powdered dyes are typically what you see. I had a large bottle of black stamp ink and several drops worked just as well. Be sure to mix well. My first go had some transparent spots. The second attempt went smooth. Overfill the inlay since it will shrink a little as it sets. Using wax on the wood around the epoxy is a good idea so it comes off easy and reduces the chance of it dying the wood not intended. Air bubbles are going to happen. Simply use a tooth pick dipped in the epoxy and detail it smooth.
The bottom has 4 Cocobolo buttons I turned for the “feet”. Stamped it and have a Happy Mom-in-Law.
-- Jeff, South Carolina