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01-07-2017 02:51 PM

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I’m new to this website and this is my first post. And I’ve never posted on a website before so bear with me.

I’m planning on building a couple of cutting boards and a pizza peel and I want to inlay a letter into the projects. Basically a stylized initial of a friends last name. So it will need to withstand heat and water. I’m looking for ideas how to go about it, maybe what woods to use or not use and what types of adhesive I should use.

Thanks for your thoughts and help!

-- Dave

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#1 posted 01-07-2017 03:32 PM

Epoxy would be one way to go for the glue. Plastic resin glue would work too, and easier to handle.

One idea that comes to mind is to put the inlay on one side, so they can flip the board when they want to use it, and have the inlay up for show when they are not.

I have an 18×24 inch Boos block that’s 2 inches thick. Because it’s so unwieldy, rather than cutting on the board and having to lug it to the sink, where it won’t fit anyway, I use thin cutting sheets to protect it. That would be another option for protecting the fancy side of the boards.

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#2 posted 01-07-2017 06:22 PM

Have you considered just cutting out the recess for the inlay and then filling it with tinted epoxy? Then you don’t need to worry about gaps or whether the wood would fade, fall out, etc.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 01-07-2017 11:29 PM

Look up “double bevel inlay” and you will find out how to do it with a scroll saw. Yes Epoxy would be a good idea.

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 02:31 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Dave! Love your RC Plane! I fly full scale as well, but haven’t done any RC stuff.

I did a pizza peel last year with a letter “G” inlay. It was surprisingly much easier than I anticipated. Marc Spagnuolo (Wood Whisperer) and I think Sean Rubino have really great videos on the process. You can see mine in my projects.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#5 posted 01-08-2017 02:49 AM

If you have a router you can use a Whiteside inlay bushing kit. Just make a template of the letter. The template needs to be the negative of the shape, and you use one template to cut the recess as well as the part to be inlaid. I would use an even grained wood like walnut or maple for the part to be inlaid.

It works great, and you will be amazed how perfectly it fits in the recess.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 01-09-2017 06:31 PM

Wow, what a great response from everyone. Thank you for the great ideas and I’ll check them out.

-- Dave

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