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07-03-2010 07:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: inlay brass bowl step guide glue hole finishing carving

Hey folks, happy 4th of July. I am seeking info on how to do inlays. I saw a bowl on here (can’t remember who’s) but they used ground up brass for an inlay in a. I went to my local hardware store to get some brass keys to grind up just to figure out how to do it and catch the dust. Well low and behold, they grind up (cut) keys there and the guy pulled out the shavings tray and said I could stop by anytime and he would give me the shavings, cool. They aren’t all brass but the whole pile is a golden color much like brass, and what I’m looking for. Anyway I was wondering what type of glue you guys use, (type and namebrand). I was also wondering how to go about using these shavings for an inlay in a bowl with a hole all the way through it. Can anyone give me a step by step (idiots guide) to do inlays?

Thanks

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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#1 posted 07-04-2010 07:03 PM

I guess I’ll just go with the trial and error method and go buy a bunch of different glues and see which one works best.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 07:10 PM

i use liquid epoxy ,
just have to spray it with lacquer thinner from time to time as the bubbles develop .

i have read here that many use instant glues for this ,
it doesn’t bubble ?

good luck !

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#3 posted 07-04-2010 07:11 PM

Wish I could help, RM, but I haven’t tackled inlay yet. I know thewoodwhisperer has some vids of inlay, I would check there first. My guess on the glue would be CA, or something else clear.

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#4 posted 07-04-2010 07:20 PM

Man I apologize for my ignorance but I don’t know what CA glue is. Construction adhesive? Clear adhesive? Is there a namebrand? Again I apologize, I’m feeling real dumb right now, haha.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#5 posted 07-04-2010 07:38 PM

Cyanoacrylate, or Crazy Glue. I’d use a thin laminating epoxy like West System or System3. Woodcraft carries System3, but it’s expensive, as you usually have to buy at least a quart.

To get rid of bubbles, warm it up with a hair dryer.

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#6 posted 07-04-2010 07:43 PM

Here is what I use: Clear Cast
You can find it at nearly any crafts store. Maybe, even Walmart.

CA Glue is Cyanoacrylate (Instant Glue or Super glue). It can be used if your inlay area isn’t too large.

Here is some inlay I did on a box. It simply fills in the naturally occurring negative spaces in the wood.

Box

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#7 posted 07-04-2010 07:52 PM

Woodcraft carries CA in various size bottles and viscosities. Check their website. Hobby Lobby carries it also but only in tiny bottles.

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#8 posted 07-04-2010 11:24 PM

Thanks fellows, you have been a great help.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 02:12 PM

Here are a couple pics of my first attempt. It’s pretty rough, but overall I’m pleased with it being my first attempt. This was really just a practice piece. It’s pine and key shavings. I need to invest in some finer tools to do more precise carving.


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-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 02:23 PM

Good job, Raftermonkey. You’ve got the idea.
Have you thought of using a Dremel (or similar tool) with a Dremel router base?
Gene

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 03:12 PM

Gene, the thought did cross my mind. I bought a Dremel about a month ago but I returned it because the lower speed didn’t work. I just haven’t gotten around to getting another. I really don’t plan on doing much “artistic” inlay such as drawings and patterns. I will utilize this cool technique more for filling natural voids in bowls. Much like you did on your box, that looks great by the way. I am however kicking around an idea for a candle holder with a Fender Stratocaster headstock incorporated, in which Fender Stratocaster, made in USA will be inlayed. I am going to attempt an aniline dye sunburst finish.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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