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Messin' Around with Inlays

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Project by KnotCurser posted 08-29-2013 10:47 PM 1531 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last couple of weeks I have been busy trying to come up with a way to use my CNC Router as an accurate way to do inlay work.

The first problem you encounter when you use a router for inlay work is square corners – it’s simply not possible to produce a square inside corner with a round bit.

With a TON of thinking, I found the solution! I was so proud of myself for coming up with this idea – and then I found the same method laid out step-by-step on a YouTube Video! Doh! Oh well, I had fun tinkering and I think I learned more about my machine finding things out on my own.

My first real try was creating my Wood Shop Logo – The RRWW is walnut inlaid into QS Sycamore.

Then I wanted to see just how detailed I could get, so I inlaid a white oak Sugar Skull into a solid piece of walnut.

Then I wanted to see how accurate I could get, so I inlaid a red oak seahorse into a piece of walnut. It’s around 4×12 inches in size.

The seahorse is as close to perfect as I can imagine an inlay being – every piece has no gaps and the grain in the wood is continuous. I love how this piece turned out!

I can see a TON of applications that this will be useful for already. The CNC is such a cool tool.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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kiefer

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#1 posted 08-29-2013 10:55 PM

Very nice and good examples of what is possible with CNC .
I like your LOGO great design .
Now how about the link on YouTube .

-- Kiefer 松

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#2 posted 08-29-2013 10:59 PM

Dang, I wish I could mess around like that.
Those are some great designs.

-- MonkeyMonk

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#3 posted 08-29-2013 11:37 PM

great design and great job.

-- Todd

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 12:36 AM

What fun Bob. I have always wanted to try this.
Good for you for keeping at it.

I assume you cut a V-bit design, and then a V-bit mirror image plug of the same design, and then mated them. (?)

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 12:51 AM

You are so talented, Bob! Just beautiful work! Everything I see from you is top-notch! Awesome! :)

Sheila

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

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KnotCurser

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#6 posted 08-30-2013 01:20 AM

Steve,

You are 100% correct Sir!

The issue comes when you cut an exact mirror image – then the pieces won’t fit with the glue on them. That’s the issue that bugged me for a week or so. I was finally able to figure out to “shave” 1/10” of an inch off of the “mirror” image’s top so there was room for the glue and any stray bits at the bottom of the two mating surfaces.

Again – this procedure is duplicated lock-step by the owner’s of the Vectric suite of software on youtube. And, for Kiefer, here’s the URL for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4992bEoNYI

BTW, ALL of the Vectric videos are just superb – a must for any CNC user to watch even if you don’t buy their software.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#7 posted 08-30-2013 03:13 AM

Very nice work, they look very good.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 08-30-2013 04:23 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 08-30-2013 04:51 AM

Very nicely done Bob.
Am I correct that what you end up with is the equivalent of double bevel marquetry?
I can see how that would give you the sharp corners with a vee bit.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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KnotCurser

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#10 posted 08-30-2013 11:36 AM

Paul,

Now that you mention it, I suppose this would be the equivalent of double bevel marquetry – the advantage is that you fit all the pieces in one fell swoop.

It takes a TON of clamps to achieve good results, BTW!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#11 posted 08-30-2013 11:56 AM

Looks like someone is havin a ball. Keep on keepin on. Very nicely done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 08-30-2013 12:00 PM

Awesome job. A CNC is def on my wish list. Love the designs

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#13 posted 09-03-2013 12:22 AM

Beautiful Work!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 09-03-2013 06:16 PM

Excellent work on the inlays, very intricate designs and well executed.

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