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Forum topic by blanche posted 08-03-2010 11:28 PM 3073 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2010 11:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: inlays ca glues

I have just begun learning to do inlays in wood. I ordered some CA glue and some powdered turquoise. The glue sets so fast, I couldn’t mix it with the powdered material. So I sifted the powder into a crevice and dotted the glue on top. It ran everywhere before settling into the powder, making quite a mess. I am working with walking sticks, so the rounded surface is working against me. I managed to sand off the excess but felt like I was wasting a lot of powder and glue.

Anyone have ideas on how I can make more of a paste to apply in small crevices? I have read about a thicker CA glue but seems like that would make matters worse.

Thanks for any input!


-- Blanche, Alabama

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 11:59 PM

I do a lot of turquoise powder and silver inlay on pistol presentation and jewelry boxes. But, that’s flat work. If I were to do something round(ish) I think I’d do the inlay first and then the shaping. As it is, I sand a lot, anyway.
BTW, If the crack is not too deep, I always put the stone in first and let the glue seep into it. My favorite CA is by Locktite. Just slow enough of a set up time. For larger, deeper cracks, I use West Systems 2 part epoxy. Their “fast” set is about 15-20 minutes of working time….depending on ambient temps. For fairly deep cracks, I’ll fill it to within 1/4”-1/8” of the top with straight epoxy and when that sets up, lay in the stone, silver or whatever, then more epoxy. Saves on the expensive stuff. :-)

-- 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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#2 posted 08-04-2010 12:20 AM

There is a guy named Nightowl on here that did a blog on this. I think it is titled “turquoise inlay for wood turning”. Search that, maybe it will help. I’m sure you could message him and get all the info you need. Good luck.

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

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