LumberJocks

How tight for inlay

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Sawdustmaker posted 02-23-2008 08:27 PM 657 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Sawdustmaker's profile

Sawdustmaker

282 posts in 2485 days


02-23-2008 08:27 PM

I am laying in a walnut inlay 3/8” wide and 3/8” deep along a drawer face of red oak. I cut the dado about 1/16” shallow so I can sand it down flush with the drawer face. At this point, if I tapped it in with a mallot there would not be much room for glue at all. I think it would just scrape off the sides. Just how tight does my fit have to be to look good, but also leave room for some glue. Should I just put some glue along the middle of the dado cut and not worry about the sides. Any imparted wisdom would be a great help. I’ll come back up in about a half an hour and check the post again. East Coast time is now 13:28. Thanks guys

-- Brian, Virginia Beach


7 replies so far

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2676 days


#1 posted 02-23-2008 08:53 PM

I usually make them wide enough so that it won’t fall out if turned upside down.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Sawdustmaker's profile

Sawdustmaker

282 posts in 2485 days


#2 posted 02-23-2008 09:01 PM

Thanks Gary, do you use much glue along the sides?

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2676 days


#3 posted 02-23-2008 09:06 PM

Just a little in the sides doesn’t hurt.

I usually settle for whatevef squeezes out when I apply it on the bottom.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Karson's profile

Karson

34891 posts in 3088 days


#4 posted 02-24-2008 06:35 AM

If I understand what you are doing is using 3/8” square inlays that are the appropriate length.
You are then cutting the base wood about 1/4 deep so that 1/8” is sticking up.

I think I’d make the inlay so that it is a just above a drop-in fit, with a slight taper on the bottom edge so that it starts to slip in below the surface. I’d put enough glue that it is a little more that a nothing. If when you tap it in it will almost be a friction fit and the glue will keep it from falling out. Do a practice run of the same woods on a cross grain inlay and a running inlay but no glue. You will probably find that it is plenty tight

The inlay should compress a little and the base wood should compress a little. Not a lot because it will breakdown the edges of your base wood.

If you can’t get it out then use a little glue on the final inlays.

When I did a practice on the doves on “Mark’s Heavenly Flight” frame. I didn’t glue it at all and it’s still stuck. I used epoxy for the final glue ups.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View Sawdustmaker's profile

Sawdustmaker

282 posts in 2485 days


#5 posted 02-25-2008 12:00 AM

Thank you too Karson. I put them in and have already sanded down and put the first coat of Watco’s Danish oil. While standing in the sun admiring it I was thinking of the Colonel in Apacolaspe Now. “Do you smell that? Danish oil….....I love the smell of Danish oil in the morning…...it reminds me of Victory!

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

View GaryK's profile

GaryK

10262 posts in 2676 days


#6 posted 02-25-2008 12:04 AM

Don’t forget to post it!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Sawdustmaker's profile

Sawdustmaker

282 posts in 2485 days


#7 posted 02-25-2008 12:15 AM

As soon as I get the doggone drawer slides mounted, pictures will be taken and posted.

-- Brian, Virginia Beach

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase