Advice on how to do inlay

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Forum topic by shopmania posted 02-06-2013 03:30 AM 1295 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 03:30 AM

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So I’m officially addicted to turning. I’ve been making pens, bottle stoppers, duck calls, razor handles, etc. Now I’ve gotten into goblets and bowls. I’ve had several bowls that came out nicely, and then days or weeks later developed some cracks. I want to repair some of them, I’ve seen repaired bowls that look awesome with some metallic or stone inlay in the cracks. So I bought some “Inlace” stuff from Woodturners Catalog online, and I’m wondering exactly how to go about using it. First there did not seem to be any god directions for mixing the stuff. What is the working time? How do you fill the cracks without having it run all over the place? Would clear 2 part epoxy work better? I was thinking about putting blue tape on the back, and then filling the cracks. How “high” do I make the repair in the crack? How well/easily does it sand? I guess I’m basically looking for a how to blog or something, but haven’t found one.
Any help is appreciated, as always. It always amazes me at the quality of input I get so quickly on this forum. Thanks in advance! :)

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 03:59 AM

If the crack goes all the way through, use some frog tape on the outside of the bowl and just make sure everything gets wet with thin CA glue. Then fill it with some black sand, but don’t come flush with the surface, just fill in the bulk. I saturate the sand with thin CA and let dry. Then you can put some thin CA down on top and lay your stone in and heap it up to well over the surface so it will sand down smooth. There is almost always some void in the inlay, which is good or you can repeat until smooth.

As for mixing the inlay from inlace, I never use a kit, I buy stones and powders online and ca in several different viscosities, mostly thin and med. Thick takes too long.

Any questions, feel free to msg me.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 08:46 PM

Tim, I got some crushed turqouise a while back, but haven’t tried it yet. I have been reading up on the procedure before I start. One thing most of the procedures agree on is that you should apply a finish prior to using the ca glue so it doesn’t soak in where you don’t want it.

-- Roger

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