How to drop in a piece of laminate to hide a ding

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 01-21-2014 08:36 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2014 08:36 PM

I’ve made a little maple box that unfortunately has a gouge almost smack dab in the center one long face. So I’ll turn this into a learning opportunity and see if I can drop in a piece of laminate over that spot, to serve as the decorative focal point of the whole piece.

I got the idea from the 1:30 mark of this guitar-building video where he puts in a triangle of veneer to cover the spot where the two side pieces come together at the bottom.

He uses a veneer saw and a guide and then a chisel to make the space for the veneer to sit in.

What I’m wondering about is how I know that I’ve cut to the correct depth? I imagine the guy in the video had an advantage because he’s working with a dark-over-light lamination. So, as soon as he hits the light wood underneath, he knows he is at the correct depth.

My wood is solid – 3/8” maple. I think I’d like to try a triangle with a decorative edge, as in the video

I’d like to do this with handtools if possible.

Any ideas?

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#1 posted 01-21-2014 09:30 PM

I think a router is pretty standard for doing “inlay”. Practice on a test piece until you are satisfied with the depth. Of course, you’ll need a gouge at the corners.


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#2 posted 01-21-2014 10:06 PM

How deep is the gouge? Can it be scraped out? Is it a gouge or a ding/dent? Post a photo.

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#3 posted 01-21-2014 10:12 PM

It is a physical tear – a gouge. Yes, it could be scraped out. But I’ve decided I want to make this a learning opportunity and see if I can cover it with a veneer inlay.

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