Corner Inlay Table #8: Inlay glued, but probs ensue

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Blog entry by Rick posted 02-12-2011 06:10 PM 802 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: 2 Bases, 2 Tabletops, 1st coat of stain Part 8 of Corner Inlay Table series Part 9: Top Sanded - ready to continue »

I cleaned out the grooves so I had clean glue surface, and prepared the inlay – a figured maple.

Using a corked caul with plastic to prevent sticking to it, I glued in the maple. But once the inlay was in, I had squeeze out that even with tape down, is giving me some extra work. Example – some of the squeeze out was pressed by the caul into the bare wood in a very, very thin layer. This won’t just “pop” of the way a bit thicker layer would from the stained surface. It’s thin enough that it’s in the pores of the wood.

Also, in trying to flush the inlay I have already marred the stained surface in several places.

Next – try to figure out how best to proceed…

Realizing I have another table top that has no shellac sealer, no stain, and no inlay glued in yet. I may try Norm’s approach on the that one.

But solving the first (and larger, main) table top will dictate how to apply the finish on the second and on both bases to make sure the finish matches.

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 12:21 PM

Have you thought of trying tape around the inlay area? Lay the tape on the surface before cutting the recess for the inlay and the tape will line up with the edges perfectly. Once you’re done gluing, strip off the tape and you have clean surfaces ready to proceed.

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 05:19 PM

Yeah, Tiny, I did that. However, the caul I had was wider than the tape, and the squeeze-out went wider than the tape. it was so thin that it couldn’t be peeled up, and was dry enough to not wipe off.

But I paid a visit to the Woodwhisperer, who confirmed my thought of sanding the inlay flush, taking glue and stain with it, then restaining with a shellac over the inlay.

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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