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#1 posted 05-05-2010 04:03 AM

I’ve used epoxy as an inlay on many occasions (the inlace product is pretty fun, but you can use any epoxy) – you can color it in many ways, I often use Mixol. It is difficult to avoid bubbles, though. I’ve had people suggest using a hair dryer to heat the epoxy after filling, putting the wood in the oven for a few minutes, etc. I find the best you can do is make the carving extra deep and overfill a little… that way you can sand or plane through any bubbles that appeared in the surface.

Consider, too, the type of wood, the intended stain, and the color of epoxy you’ll be using. Epoxy tends to bleed into the pores of the wood (some people suggest a wash coat of shellac on the surrounding area), which can ruin the effect on light woods.

Get some epoxy and experiment before attempting anything on your nice, carved piece!

[edit] Ha! David either types faster than me, or had a head start! Good advice, David. Have you found any issue with adhesion of the inlay when you coat first with lacquer? I’ve been meaning to try that, but was afraid that it would interfere with the epoxy. Thanks!

[edit again] Here are a couple of things I’ve done with epoxy…

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