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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 09-10-2009 06:57 PM 1145 views 2 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2009 06:57 PM

I have run across a project or two in books and online where complex inlays on a piece of furniture have “shadowed” edges. I believe this is accomplished by lightly burning the edges of the inlay pieces. My question to you is what is this technique called? And also can anyone recommend some places that a person can learn about this?

-- James -

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 07:06 PM

This is frequently done with a technique called “sand shading”. Here is a link to a how-to:

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#2 posted 09-11-2009 12:29 AM

Here are a few more links:

Here’s a tray I did

One piece of advice – shade the piece then let it sit for a day or 2. The heat dries out and shrinks the wood so it needs some time to re-hydrate and bounce back.

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#3 posted 09-11-2009 12:41 AM

who am I to compete with links ?

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 02:14 AM

yep… sand shading. its all been covered above

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#5 posted 09-11-2009 03:23 PM

Looks like exactly what I need. Thanks for the great info!

-- James -

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