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Forum topic by tblrxdave posted 07-31-2010 07:43 PM 2635 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tblrxdave

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07-31-2010 07:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: butterfly inlay

Are there any guidelines to the siize and thikness to making butterfly inlays? I have an interesting 2 inch live edge slab of white oak that I’d like to make into a coffee table. I’ve been air drying it for a year now and like to stabilize the cracks. Is there some ratio of lenght of the crack to the size of the butterfly? I’ve seen little stitches to massive bridges. Or is the size just whimsiical?


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#1 posted 07-31-2010 09:18 PM

The ones I’ve done have always been just what looks right to my eye! I have never heard of a formula for this.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 11:15 PM

I like to make the butterflies about 3/4 the total thickness of the slab. The overall size of the butterflies I judge by eye for what is most appealing.

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 05:30 AM

Dave,

Don’t get in a hurry. Sfter only a year, 2” thick wood won’t be dry enough to stabilize or use. At least another year is needed. As to the size of the butterflies, the bigger the slab, the bigger the butterfly. Half to three-quarters of the thickness is about roght.

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#4 posted 08-06-2010 06:20 PM

Thanks for the info, I had no idea that the butterflys were that deep. Would drilling out the corners first, with a very small drill bit, be helpful? I’ve got to work on sharpening my chisels some more so i can practice this technique.
Dave

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