|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 634 days ago||2420 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
634 days ago
The area in-question is the left inlay.
I have a project that I want to finish up soon, and was almost done until I ran into a problem. I drilled 6-holes in the back of a piece of mahogany, then glued-in a neodymium magnet into each hole, slightly countersunk below the surface, around 1/16” or so. I say “or so” because I used a forstner bit in a handheld drill, and the wood is at an angle, so it was a little difficult to get everything exactly the same. Looking back, I should’ve taken the time to setup my drill press, but I was in the middle of something with it as well, so I decided to just use the handheld drill. At any rate, after the magnets were in and the glue was dry, I sanded down a little bit of an ebony pen blank, then mixed the ebony dust with epoxy to fill the holes. I filled all the holes slightly overflowing, then let it cure. I then took the project over to my Rigid oscillating sander and tried to slowly sand everything flush. Well, the magnet in the picture was apparently the high magnet of the group and I barely sanded through to the surface.
Now, this is the back of the piece, and it’ll rarely be seen anyway, but I am of the opinion that the entire project should be completed to the same level of quality, so I’d like to fix this. I’m wondering if it is safe to try and slightly drill out a little of the magnet? I don’t want to drill the whole thing out, just a small portion of it, then refill with the ebony/epoxy mix, and fix the mistake.
Are neodymium magnets OK to drill? I can’t think of any other way, other than trying to use some sort of paint or something to cover the magnet, but then this 1-inlay won’t match the other 5-inlays.
Any other suggestions will also be considered. I also thought about simply cutting a super-thin piece of mahogany as a veneer, then gluing it onto the back to just cover everything up and be done with it. Any thoughts? I’d like to keep the 6-inlays looking good, if possible, but at this point, I also just need to finish the project.
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