Corner Inlay Table #12: Almost there...The big reveal!

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Blog entry by Rick posted 03-02-2011 04:46 PM 1009 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Took a breath, gave the table tops some time, and then took the tape off.

Even with some of the lessons learned regarding the mask, there were some places the stain was able to sneak under the over-laps, but some more where it didn’t.

Next – I have to put the second part of the stain recipe on the larger base, and tone the smaller base a bit darker. Will probably have that same adjustment on the larger base

But overall, they’re coming together. For what was to be a prototype, not bad…

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

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 06:56 PM

Very nice job! I like the contrast a lot.

On projects where I had inlay and staining all going together, I would apply a couple of coats of shellac to the inlays that I didn’t want stained (using a small artist brush). I then did the staining and the stain on the inlay would not adhere thus leaving it nice and clean.

-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 07:08 PM

Thanks, Don.

Yeah, that was my first plan. Got it from Norm’s Nest of Tables episode. Did you use gel stains? On these, I’m using a gel stain cocktail, and the gel stains simply covered too well. I did a couple test boards using the shellac. Although it did reduce adhesion, it didn’t eliminate it, or even reduce enough to keep me from a great deal of detail sanding to remove the residue.

I put some descriptions of other advice (which was problematic) in an earlier blog entry, so this was the most recent advice. While it has its challenges, it works if done carefully.

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