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Forum topic by MisterT posted 02-20-2010 06:39 AM 1066 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 06:39 AM

I have a 8”x 3” x 1/8” piece of birdseye maple the I want to use as part of the lid/top of a jewelry box. This 3” wide piece is not wide enough to span the 4” width of the box. What I thought I might do is reduce the width and length of the maple piece and adhere it to the center of a piece of contrasting wood that is tapered from the edge of the maple piece to the thickness that will fit into the slot near the top edge of the box casing. I don’t know if this makes any sense without a drawing. I have seen it done on other boxes in the past but didn’t think to inquire how it was done. Any ideas how this can be accomplished? Thanks for any help.


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#1 posted 02-20-2010 10:37 AM

You could inlay it in the lid???

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 10:40 AM

do you have any Walnut that you could use that always makes a nice contrast?????

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 06:52 PM

How about using it as a panel inset into a frame for the top? That way you don’t have to worry about differential wood movement rates? (Although at 3” wide and 1/8” thick that shouldn’t be too much of an issue).

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#4 posted 02-24-2010 02:10 PM

I think I get what you’re trying to do. You’re creating a raised panel by laminating the maple to a backer board. You can create the taper using a tall fence on your table saw and standing the laminated boards on edge. The drawback that I see is that you will be revealing that the maple doesn’t run all the way through the top.

What i see others do is to essentially inlay the maple into your contrasting board and then create the raised panel profile so that thickness of the maple cannot be seen.

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