|Project by ScaleShipWright||posted 10-16-2013 07:45 PM||1426 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
Dark wood is apple, do not exactly know what is the light one, I have found it already cut in the woods; it could be bass or poplar or something like that, a creamy, light, quite soft and a bit fuzzy essence.
I cut the various pieces with my Proxxon table saw and made the inlays with hand tools.
This was my first experience with extensive inlays. My technique is very simple: I have printed an image, a Celtic spiral motif found in the web, in two copies; one was cemented to the lid of the box, while I have used the other for the patterns of the inlayed dark wood. Each piece was cut with a jeweler saw (I have an electric scroll saw, but I prefer to cut the tiny and delicate pieces by hand). The apple inlays were about 3 mm thick.
After positioning each piece on the lid (one by one) I have traced its contour with a very thin exacto blade before removing the inner wood with chisels and knife. After gluing the inlay I have removed any protruding portion of the inlay with a very sharp chisel, to have it flush with the top of the lid.
Finished with scrapers and three coats of Danish oil, followed by three coats of furniture wax.
As you can imagine the hardest work was avoiding to make the repeated patterns exactly the same ;-)
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