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Elizabeth

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533 days ago

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I’m planning on making one of these personalized growth charts for my son:

...except his name is Edward, not Rex.

I am making the main section out of maple and will inlay walnut pieces for the tick marks. Planning to try to hand chisel those. I am tentatively planning to scrollsaw 1/8” plywood for the name – I chose plywood to make it less likely to snap along grain, and I’d stain it afterward for contrast. I’d like to inset the piece but I’m not sure the best way of doing it. Is this a plunge router job? Router is my least familiar tool so I’d likely get a woodworking/ex-machinist neighbor to help me do it safely, but I don’t know if he has any experience with this particular sort of cut.


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ksSlim

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#1 posted 532 days ago

You could do a string inlay using scratch stock to cut the channels.

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#2 posted 531 days ago

I…don’t know what that means. And a google search suggested that string inlay is for really narrow pieces, not a big flat-bottomed rectangle like what I’m thinking.

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#3 posted 531 days ago

Does it have to be inset? How ‘bout do it up real fancy in scrollwork and make it stand proud of the stick

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#4 posted 531 days ago

No time like right now to get familiar with your router and what you can and can’t do with it. Don’t worry about your immediate project. Go into your shop, grab some scrap and your router and let your creativity loose. No one but you is going to see it. When you hit on something you like, then go get the chart.

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#5 posted 531 days ago

Is there a “routing for dummies” site that will show me how to set it up safely? I’ve never routed outside of a table.

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#6 posted 531 days ago

Go to youtube and look for “router inlay techniques” etc. If you watch enough videos you will be every bit the expert the video stars are. You will probably also stumble across a video star headed down the road you are traveling. You might also consider just picking up a chisel and just “pounding it out” instead of going the router route.

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