Stone inlays in wooden boxes

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Forum topic by cabbie posted 11-22-2013 10:51 PM 2357 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2013 10:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: boxes inlays stone question

Has anyone tried putting a stone inlay (like a cabochon) into a box lid for a dramatic decoration or accent?
I’m trying to figure out how to inlay a rounded-side stone into a straight-sided inlay pocket. The pre-done stones come standard with a rounded profile all the way to the flat base, which leaves me no “freeboard” to drop into the inlay pocket.
Short of making my own stones with flat sides, any ideas on how to do this and make it look good??

-- Jim, Altadena, CA

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 11:23 PM

I think it is the only way. Make straight sides.

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 11:29 PM

If you could display a picture of what you have and what you plan to accomplish, it might be easier to give a suggestion. I have done some stone inlays on tables and desk, but not on boxes.


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#3 posted 11-23-2013 12:33 AM

Scribe a line and mortise out the waste and epoxy in your stone.

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#4 posted 11-23-2013 12:36 AM

It can be done and it can be very impressive. Google “hard stone marquetry” or “pietra dure”

This little box just sold for $17,925 USD at auction.

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#5 posted 11-23-2013 01:16 AM

That’s why god gave us chisels.

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