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Stone Inlay - a tutorial for the "Birches"

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Blog series by swirlsandburls updated 1251 days ago 3 parts 13609 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Getting Started

1255 days ago by swirlsandburls | 6 comments »

The raw Hickory blank was one I purchased a few years ago, which was wax-dipped and about 11” in dia. by 2” thick. It was completely dry when I started. I mounted the blank from what will be the front with a faceplate ring and 6 screws. I think I used a 100 mm ring. After truing up the blank, I cut the dovetail into the back for the chuck jaws to fit into. By the way, once I mount the piece into the chuck and start working on the front, it never leaves the chuck until the pi...

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Part 2: Playing with Stones

1252 days ago by swirlsandburls | 9 comments »

Welcome to the second installment! I had some pieces of leftover marble from a flooring project the former owner of our house had left behind. Just a word here on minerals and stones. I never buy pre-crushed stones. They are too uniform for my taste. I use a very large granite mortar and pestle to reduce the raw stones and minerals before sifting. I also use bonsai soil screens to sift into six or seven general sizes and hand-pick the pieces I want. For an overview of minerals in the...

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Part 3: Finishing the Piece

1251 days ago by swirlsandburls | 10 comments »

Hi, all, and thanks again for reading. We left off with the piece having had its “first” grind. The idea at this stage is to get the stone almost, but not quite, flush with the wood. This reveals unfilled voids in the inlay that have to be filled. This is where the finer material, especially the powder, comes in. The trick is to fill in the gaps and voids with the powder, then carefully fix it in place with water-thin CA glue. I have found applicator tips to be a must-have...

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