Aha!! Moments (of your dreams ?)

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01-03-2014 10:23 PM

I haven’t done much inlay work since I discovered marquetry, mainly because of the pita of chiseling or routing out the recess for the motif. The inlay itself is a piece of cake with the chevalet but there was always that tedious job of grounding out the recess. I know, I know, it’s not that hard or time consuming, my mind just finds it a pita and that’s that.

Then one day lat month when I was thinking about personalizing my new wooden planes, the idea dawned on me out of the blue to make the inlays round and exactly matching a forstner bit size…... Aha!!

I’m not naive enough to think I’m the first to think of it but it felt really good just he same. Now there’s no stopping me. I’m inlaying round inlays all over the place.

It got me thinking about how everyone has these “Aha!!” moments or epiphanies from time to time and maybe we can inspire each other by sharing our own.

What has illuminated your mental light bulb lately?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 10:26 PM

Your hinges Paul. They have illuminated my mind. :)

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 10:41 PM

my problem is I usually have the aha moments at 2am. Then come 7am I remember I had an aha moment, but the senior moment takes over and I can’t remember what the aha moment was.

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 11:18 PM

Great idea Paul,you tricky devil you.:)

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 12:02 AM

Being frustrated with inadequate lighting in my basement shop, I had bought some standard aluminum reflector lights. Both in clip-on and some attached to poles. One for the lathe, one for the bench, one for the band saw etc. Well they helped but not like I had hoped. About a year later I got out my photo lights and marveled at their brightness. So duh, I replaced all my bulbs with 45 watt 5500K CFL bulbs. Bought a couple four packs from Amazon. Wow, now I got light and it is full spectrum too.

And I feel like I am at the beach.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 12:10 AM

Paul, not to be really stupid but when you talk inlay you’re talking only the circle? The initials are marquetry?

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#6 posted 01-04-2014 12:19 AM

Hey Paul do you have a system for ovals? I am trying a cameo right now.

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#7 posted 01-04-2014 12:21 AM

DKV,Yes the initials and their circular background are veneer. Just the round hole in the solid wood is from the Forster bit instead of a more involved method.

Steve, you made me think of another one I had last year for lighting. I screwed round electrical box covers to various places around my little marquetry shop to stick my HF magnetic base aluminium reflector lamps to.

Don, you need a pad of paper and a pencil by the bed.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 01-04-2014 12:33 AM

Paul, forgive me but I think I’m on religious and political withdrawal. Symptoms are bad…it affects the thought process. Anyway, is the top picture an example of marquetry and string inlay? Is the second picture marquetry or string inlay? Marquetry and string inlay must be closely related…kissin’ cousins maybe?

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#9 posted 01-04-2014 12:50 AM

DKV, the bottom would be parquetry. Patterns, basically. Marquetry is pictures.

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#10 posted 01-04-2014 01:00 AM

Hey Paul!

It sounds like you got to talking to David – Patron… about all of his Circles he has inlaid into several of his super boxes.

Looking forward to seeing your Circles…

Sounds like it’s Safe to say “You’re going around in Circles!” LOL :)


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#11 posted 01-04-2014 01:25 AM

OK, As I understand :

Marquetry / parquetry : Parquetry is straight lines usually geometrics, Marquetry involves curves and is used for both “designs” and “pictures”.

Inlay differs from the above in that it involves setting a thinner piece into a solid piece while marquetry / parquetry are done completely in veneer and then applied to a thicker substrate which is totally covered.

So…... my guess is that the kayak above is decorated with a parquetry compass rose and a couple of lines inlaid into a thicker base material. The Greek key corner design looks like flooring and would be called inlay even though it is likely the same thickness as the surrounding material.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 01-04-2014 01:43 AM

I don’t have the “Gripper” but I bought the 1/8” and 1/4” side legs to use as push sticks. They work really well for small pieces because with the rubber pads on them you can torque the piece down and to the fence to maintain secure control.

At least until the rubber pad began wearing. They are like 15 bucks so I’ve been trying to think of something that would would work better and maintain more hand distance from the blade. So anyway, yesterday I was reading about a new robot that climbs walls because they attached thousands of tiny filaments like on a Gecko lizard foot.

Problem is there aren’t any Geckos around where I live so I’ll have to come up with something else.


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#13 posted 01-04-2014 01:44 AM

Tired of dried up glue around the glu bots refill opening which makes

it difficult to open?

I cleaned the threads up and applied paste wax around the threads
and it seems to work very easy.

Time will tell.

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#14 posted 01-04-2014 02:33 AM

Paul, You may not be the first, but at least you didn’t see someone else and have to say, why didn’t I think of that! You did think of that ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 04:34 AM

Here is one I did the other day .
I had a dowel that was slightly oversize so I chucked in my hand drill and quickly sanded it down as I have done many times before ,I put some glue on the dowel while spinning it slowly and then I put the dowel in with the drill turning ,worked like a charm .
Why did I not think of this before ?
As an experiment I tried to remove a dowel after I had just spun it in the hole ,forget it I broke the dowel above the hole it was already glued solid .

-- Kiefer

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