Inlay filler for routed letters.

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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 06-22-2013 08:31 PM 1563 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2013 08:31 PM

Since i don’t have access to a scroll saw but do have access to a CNC machine. I was going to get a back piece made for a hall table, with a name routed into it. I was looking for a decorative filler, but not something that was too over the top such as turqoise i feel as though it wouldn’t suit the pieces style.

I found some stuff called pigtail brass inlay at woodturner catalog. I feel it would probably look the best, unless someone has another idea to check into.

Has anyone worked with this? What would be used with the brass to adhere it to the grooves?

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#1 posted 06-22-2013 10:39 PM

I do not know pigtail brass inlay, but I googled an advertisment that says:

“Mix with epoxy to achieve desired consistency to fill voids”,

it looks like fine brass shavings, that mixed with epoxy gives you the filler. Have you considered cutting the letters (by hand or CNC) from a contrasting wood?

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#2 posted 06-22-2013 10:56 PM

have you thought about gold or silver leaf? You would just put some glue in the letters then brush it in. It wouldn’t make them flush, but would give them a nice color.

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 01:12 AM

I will be “inlaying” some beech lettering into the padauk leg vise on my new bench, I think any contrasting color would work!

Don’t know anything about the brass, sorry.

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 01:50 AM

I did think of inlaying wood, but i don’t want to have my co-worker spend tons of time on this. I saw the brass and thought it looked really cool.

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 10:08 PM

I used the powered brass one time, it looked green – like it was tarnished, not the pretty gold/yellow that I wanted. Make sure to try some first.

Good Luck

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