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Forum topic by Bob42 posted 07-30-2008 02:21 AM 1068 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bob42

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07-30-2008 02:21 AM

OK, I got myself in trouble with my last and to date only inlay. My friend saw it and now he wants one. My problem is he wants a cutting board with the Nascar flags inlayed in it. Checkered, green etc… I am thinking purple heart for the red. Yellow heart for the yellow. Padauk for the orange. I need black, white, green and blue.

I will take any and all suggestions.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY


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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 07-30-2008 03:01 AM

i think a redheart or a jatoba would be better for the red than purpleheart.

ebony for black.

a maple or best case holly is as close i think you will get to a white

for green you could use a green streak of poplar. just experiment with which finish gets it the greenest, (i.e. shellac, wb poly, poly, danish oil, garnet shellac)

for a blue i’m stuck? can’t wait to see what everyone else says.

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 03:02 AM

Two words: aniline dyes.

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-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-30-2008 03:15 AM

I was gonna suggest the same as Charlie——-DYE.

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daveintexas

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 05:57 AM

Have to agree with Charlie on this one.
But if you are making the pieces out of thin material, try RIT dye. You can get it at the supermarket and its cheap. I think John Fry (member here) did some of this and said it came out great. You might send him a PM.
Post pics when done.

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#5 posted 07-30-2008 06:38 AM

DYE is the thing!

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#6 posted 07-30-2008 04:38 PM

I think you could get away without dye. Use Ebony or Black Castello for black. Use Holly for white. Use Lignum for green. Finally, use a clear piece of Buckeye for the blue. Good luck, I definately want to see this one!

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#7 posted 07-30-2008 04:51 PM

Dies are the way to go…

-- making sawdust....

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Bob42

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#8 posted 07-30-2008 06:45 PM

Thanks for the input.
I would like to stay away from dyes if I can but, as a last resort I might have to.

ShannonRogers – I will check out your suggestion of wood to start and see what happens.

I have a cutting board for one of my god children that I have to make first for her wedding, then I will do this and post when done.

Keep the suggestions coming.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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Mrdude

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#9 posted 08-04-2008 10:49 PM

Bloodwood would be great for the red. Ebony is great – rough on the tools though. Wenge or Walnut may be good for the black. Hard maple or basswood for the white.

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Rustic

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#10 posted 08-17-2008 04:43 PM

dyes for me as well

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robscastle

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#11 posted 10-23-2013 10:46 AM

Have a look at the project my son did on a sign he made and then dyed it.

It may be of some interest.

-- Regards Robert

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#12 posted 10-23-2013 01:58 PM

I’ve used food coloring for die before with good success. For the green you could dye maple, holly etc.

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#13 posted 10-23-2013 02:21 PM

Padauk will NOT stay orange as it ages. Just so ya know.
Bill

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#14 posted 10-23-2013 04:25 PM

If your inlay is not too deep, buy the dyed veneer.
Most of the commercial packets that you can get at woodcraft won’t bleed and are very colorfast and fade resistant – just veneer isn’t too thick for durable inlays on a cutting board.

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Rick M.

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#15 posted 10-23-2013 04:28 PM

Thread is five years old.

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