First Curved Inlay Bracelet

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Project by Joshuah posted 567 days ago 1290 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the winter woodworking contest. I was trying to think of something to give to my wife, and do something I havent attempted before. I steam bent the wood then did a Abalone inlay, which i think turned out pretty good.

The picture is of the path we take when we are traveling from where we live now, to where she grew up (9 hours away). I did a elevation profile of the route to get an idea for the inlay.

I am not sure of the wood, I was told ribbon mahogany, but I have heard other opinions on it. It is finished with shellac and wax.

-- -Joshuah

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#1 posted 567 days ago

I would have to disagree with you…I think your inlay turned out much better than pretty good! That is an awesome looking bracelet. Looks like it would be very comfortable to wear.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#2 posted 567 days ago

Wow! I really like the inlay too! Do you use the sheets of shell, or in rough form?

-- Sasquatcher

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#3 posted 567 days ago

really nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 566 days ago

Beautifully done and I like the idea that is behind the inlay. I definitely looks like mahogany to me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 566 days ago

Wow, that looks great, I have to try one of these. Did you bend it all around a form at once or around several forms to creep up on the shape?

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#6 posted 566 days ago

Thanks all!

The first couple times I tried the full thickness, but I just made some real good firewood from those attempts. I ended up taking thin strips individually steaming and bending, then gluing after they dried.

On the inlay I used a Dewalt plunge trim router, rotating the wood. I want to try the Larry Robinson inlaying technique. I think it would be easier on the curves not rotating the material.

-- -Joshuah

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#7 posted 566 days ago

Great work and cool project!

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

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#8 posted 566 days ago

Looks awesome, Great work!
Where do you get the Abalone Shell?, if you don’t mind me asking?

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 566 days ago

That is awesome! What patient and beautiful work! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#10 posted 566 days ago

WoodenFrog, I don’t mind! I bought it a couple years ago off eBay actually. It was right when I started woodworking and didn’t know of any shell or even luthier supply stores. I like the thick full pieces, but I know a couple guys who buy the sheets that seem to work good, and are much more manageable.

-- -Joshuah

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#11 posted 566 days ago

That bracelet is gorgeous! Beautiful wood looks great with the inlay. A winner!


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#12 posted 566 days ago

This is very kool. I know all my Daughters would wear this. Good luck in the contest

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 562 days ago

Thanks Joshuah, I went to Ebay and bid on some but I missed out! I’ll find some. Thanks for the info!!
And Great Project!!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 561 days ago

Absolutely Wonderfully Beautiful!

Nice Theme too!

Great JOB!

Thank you!

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

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#15 posted 561 days ago

Beautifully done! I’m sure she’ll cherish this forever!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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