Inlayed End Table

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Project by Walnut_Weasel posted 08-21-2012 04:41 PM 1012 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this table today! The top is hard maple finished with several coats of super blonde shellac and one thin coat of arm-r-seal. The chickadee was an inlay pattern I purchased from Grizzle; however, the flower and extra branch are my own design. The base is walnut finished with garnet shellac and wax. I cut the detail at the bottom of the aprons with a scratch stock that I cut and shaped. I glued the mortise and tenons together with liquid hide glue and the top is attached to the base with figure eights.

Although it took me a long time to build this I am extremely happy with how well it turned out. Inlay into solid wood is a long process, but I am happy with how well it turned out!

-- James -

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 06:21 PM

Beautiful table, excellent inlay. Great gob.
Thanks for showing.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 06:26 PM

Nice looking, solid and functional table. The walnut is suprisingly tan in color. Is it English walnut ?+

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 07:22 PM

Thanks for the comments.

It is american walnut. It looked like it had been steamed because the color was very dark and the grain was muddy. I did not apply any oil but went directly to garnet shellac. Even after just one coat there was a dramatic change in color. I think it is now my favorite finish for walnut. I have used both danish oil and orange shellac before but this turned out really nice.

-- James -

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 02:57 PM

Very Pretty! Beautiful table and inlays!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 07:48 PM

Nice work. I was curious what process/tools you used for the inlay.

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 07:53 PM

I really like the beading on the bottom of the stretchers along with the inlays. Well done for sure.

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 10:05 PM

Thanks again!

Chaotic – I used store bought veneers, an xacto knife, double sided tape, a plunge router, and a card scraper. I used a method very similar to what Marc at The Woodwhisperer uses. I believe he picked up the technique from David Marks. Here is a link to Marc’s video

My technique is slightly different in that I do not route all the way up to the scribed line. I get within 1/32” to 1/64” away from the line, then I use the xacto knife to undercut the wood back to the scored line. It leaves razor sharp edges and I find myself much less prone to inadvertently routing past the line. Also, if you are inlaying a pattern that has black wood next to very light wood, then using a card scraper rather than sand paper is a must. Otherwise the sanding dust contaminates the adjacent colors. Hope this helps!!

-- James -

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 11:52 PM


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