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cabbie

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11-22-2013 10:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: boxes inlays stone question

Guys-
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??
Thanks,
Cabbie

-- Jim, Altadena, CA


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Dominik Matus

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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”

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Clint Searl

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

That’s why god gave us chisels.

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