|Forum topic by Samwise||posted 07-12-2011 06:51 AM||2498 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
07-12-2011 06:51 AM
Alright guys, here’s the deal. This is my first commissioned piece, and also my first venture into router based inlay. The customer wanted the Cherry of the table to be stained dark to match the rest of his office. I stained the table first, and then placed the inlay. I then proceeded to sand the Curly Maple inlay down flush with the table, which was very tedious.
I then very delicately stained the inlay and sanded again, in order to pop the grain. During the last sanding process, I got into the stain on the main table. I tried (knowing it wouldn’t work) to ‘patch’ the dark stain, but am now thinking I need to sand down the top and re-stain the table top. I am happy with the way the inlay turned out, I just now need to salvage the stain on the top. It was very complicated and I don’t want to have to start over.
If I go that route, the question comes up on how to mask off the inlay so the dark stain doesn’t bleed through. If I can find a good way to mask it off, it will help save this piece and be a lesson learned for the future. Any help will be appreciated. I am including a picture for reference.