First box with inlay

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Project by jc88 posted 09-07-2012 01:41 AM 1417 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a quick project I did over the last couple of days. I had some small pieces of walnut and made two small boxes with inlays. The boxes are identical with the exception of the inlays. This one has yellowheart and the other has purpleheart. The purpleheart one has wedding rings in it for this weekend, the one shown is going to hold a insulin quick serter for my soon to be wife. A little excessive for a plastic needle plunger but I have nothing else to use it for. Any comments good or bad are welcomed. Always looking for ways to improve. Thanks.

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 01:54 AM

Great job on the box. Keep up the good work!


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#2 posted 09-07-2012 01:57 AM

Looks good

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 02:00 AM

whats the yellow heart like to work with?
nice work

-- rob

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 02:23 AM

The yellowheart and purpleheart were both easy to cut and sand. Produces some off smells while sanding and some small burn marks while cutting( my fault I’m sure) but it seems to be nice hard wood that looks good without staining. I love walnut in its natural state and wanted another wood that could contrast with the walnut also without staining. I use a sawstop PC’s 3hp saw for cutting and a rigid benchtop sander, both had no problems with the yellowheart.

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 08:41 AM

Love purple and yellow heart. Fun to work with, I have found if you leave it sit for a week or two after sanding the pigments will come back out making it brighter purple or yellow which ever one your working with. Then apply the finish. Nice work on your inlay.

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

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 07:57 PM

Nice box, and good idea using it for the quick serter. On a side note, since you mentioned the quick serter, my son is diabetic and we used those for the first year or so that he was on an insulin pump. Then we switched to the sure-Ts from Medtronic, which have been a big improvement. The infusion sites don’t come off as often, hurts less because the needle is smaller than the plastic cannula, we’ve had better control over blood sugars, and there’s no plastic inserter to lose or leave behind when you go away. I’m sure your soon-to-be bride is on top of everything; just wanted to throw that out there since it helped us.


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#7 posted 09-07-2012 08:11 PM

having inlaid a box or two myself, I can say that it looks like you are off to a great start. Cant wait to see your next project :)

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 09:54 PM

Good job. You are off to a good start…..

-- Brock, Illinois

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 10:23 PM

Nice job,I am sure that your future spouse to be will love them. Good Luck to you both on your upcoming marriage. How long has she been diabetic? My son was a Juvenile diabetic but now thanks to someones gift of life he has gotten a transplant and a whole new lease on life. Everybody sign up to be Organ Donors! My Thanks to those that have already. Don

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 01:36 AM

That yellowheart really pops. I’ve never worked with either. Did you just put a clear coat over the yellow, or did you enhance it, like dye. It may be the contrast. I worked some with holly and ash, and dye. Forget dye, go yellow.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 01:54 AM

No stain or dyes. Straight yellow heart with lacquer finish and a 1000 grit sand paper.

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