"Inlay" with "colour"

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Project by degoose posted 08-04-2013 06:45 AM 1404 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To further enhance the laser engraving of my timber signs, I have taken to inlaying with colour…
The process is rather simple…
Before engraving, cover the timber with masking tape… engrave…. leaving a mask of tape around the letters, words etc… then spray with colour of choice… use a rattle can spray enamel…. then peel away the tape leaving colours inlays… the slight bleeding around the inlay can be sanded off… carefully…
This process makes the engraving POP…
The timber I have used in these signs is Wau Beech… this is a timber not normally seen outside of Papua New Guinea but is a very pretty wood and wonderful to work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 06:56 AM

Hi Larry! long time no hear… pretty! did you try using enamel “cast” (dripping enamel onto it and letting it level)? do it will really pop out? also you can try waxing before putting the tape on to stop the bleeding. just an idea – have no idea if it will work…

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 09:55 AM

These look Smart and Clean to me my Friend, particularly the Black ones…
If you have any darker woods, Gold paint works well too…
Very Well Done!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 10:42 AM

Wow that is a great idea Larry…Your signs seem to becoming more in demand…excellent.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 10:59 AM

These look great Larry!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-04-2013 12:00 PM

Looking good!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 08-04-2013 01:08 PM

Lookin gr8 Larry.

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

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#7 posted 08-04-2013 01:36 PM

You are always thinking outside the box. It looks like the skies the limit. Have fun with your new toy.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 08-04-2013 03:12 PM

really good work here larry, the laser has many ways to function and this widens the possibilities for you to use it

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 05:00 PM

love them

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 04:55 PM

All your signs are looking good, very well made and clean. They are fun and interesting to see.

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