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wseand

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1325 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question maple bloodwood router inlay

So you know you have been spending to much time in the shop when you can’t figure out why your ROS isn’t sanding well. And then you finally look and you forgot to put the sandpaper on.

Anyways on the the question. I had some tear out on my Maple when I was routing an inlay last night. I am really not sure how to fix it. I either need to find a way to fill it in that is not too horrific after I am done or just re do it. Any and all suggestions would be so appreciated. I am making a table for the Daughter. It is Bloodwood and Maple.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy


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wseand

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#1 posted 1325 days ago

Picture? There is two are they not showing.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 1325 days ago

Sounds like your router was set to deep ? Sharp Bit or well used ?
You could always route another line along the first for a smaller trim 1/8” or 1/16”

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 1325 days ago

My experience is that filler never looks good. I know by experience. You’d have to use quite a lot.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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wseand

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#4 posted 1325 days ago

The bit was set for 3/16th was that just too deep to begin with. It is bloodwood and I am having a hard time getting it much smaller than a 1/4” I don’t have a band saw worth a crap. So I went down 3/16th and was going to sand it flush. It is looking like just redoing it and taking shallower cuts to start with.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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shipwright

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#5 posted 1325 days ago

Try a razor or sharp knife cut on the line and a strip of packing tape over the area before routing to prevent tear-out. As for what you already have, can you cut a slightly wider inlay piece?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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wseand

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#6 posted 1325 days ago

@shipwright, I cut a piece at a 1-5/8th and going to try it again. I am going to try it with using 2 inch wide painters tape. I will do a test on another piece of wood to see how I do.

Thanks for all the suggestions Gents.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#7 posted 1325 days ago

I would try to widen the dado for the inlay to get rid of the tearout and then add another wood (ebony?) to the inlay along the edges to widen it. If you can do that without further tearout, you should be able to make it work. Just from the look of the tearout I would suspect you router bit is dull as there is some problem on both edges. You may want to try a spiral bit to cut the dado to minimize the tearout.

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wseand

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#8 posted 1325 days ago

I ended up putting guides on both sides so I can go both directions with the router to help reduce tear out. I did three passes at 1/8th, than 3/16th or so, and final cut depth. I cut the line with a marking knife and used painting tape over that. The only problem is the painters tape made it hard to slide the router, next time I will try the packing tape I just didn’t have any. Long story short it came out real nice this time. All left to do is sand down to level, well if the Bloodwood doesn’t eat the sandpaper first.

@shipwright and @DaddyZ, I really appreciate the suggestions it was mighty helpful.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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shipwright

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#9 posted 1325 days ago

It’s nice to see your good results. Thanks

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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wseand

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#10 posted 1325 days ago

Thanks Paul, I wanted it to look real nice for my daughter, she has been asking for months now. I told her I was too busy, so it will be a surprise.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#11 posted 1325 days ago

Bill, Try Dan’s method.
http://lumberjocks.com/Maveric777/blog/19715

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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wseand

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#12 posted 1325 days ago

Cozmo, you know I really should have done some more searching on here to find an answer but I was quite tired. Dan’s way of using the epoxy was just incredible. I will certaily try that next time.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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