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Forum topic by Mac94 posted 10-12-2016 01:34 AM 453 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2016 01:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: inlay name artistic turning lathe

How do I go about cutting a void to inlay that is not just a solid line. I’d love to inlay a name into a project but I am not sure how to do it. I’ve heard talk about burrs or carving tools but it was mostly just in passing and I’m not sure what technique or even if it’s possible to inlay something other than a continuous line.

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 11:18 AM

Steve Latta did an episode on the Woodwright Shop with Roy Underhill. It used to be on YouTube, but I could not find it. It might be out there somewhere. Latta inays letters freehand – it’s a great video.
I do a lot of Federal inlay and use the Lie-Nielson radius tool, which allows curved groove inlay cutting. You could also use a template and a dremel tool with a 1/16” or smaller bit. Stewart MacDonald guitar supply makes a wonderful base for that type of work.

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 02:07 PM

It has been several years (decades) since I did any but you may want to look at chip carving. Not difficult at all and only requires one knife (about $20). Did a youtube seach for Wayne Barton; I had his video back in the 80’s.

I did not watch any of these videos but the list looks fairly complete. Of course there are a lot of others showing chip carving on youtube other than Wayne.

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 03:18 PM

You could make yourself one of these.
Or if you want to get more complex than simple inlay you could consider marquetry.

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 07:31 PM

If all you want is someones name on a turning just do it with whatever script on paper. Then using carbon paper place you paper on top and draw that on your turning. You can either carve with a knife or dremel tool with burr to make your inlay. You could cut a stencil and do same thing.

You can leave just an relief inlay or fill with metal shavins, different color inlay powder or stone.

I would practice on a scrap board before attempting anything on a turning. Getting tape to hold paper or stencil without moving not easy.

-- Bill

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