Using brass screws as inlay?

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02-09-2015 06:33 PM

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Hi guys… I am making a bed and would like to add a bit of brass inlay to enhance it. As I am only an intermediate woodworker, I was thinking of using brass screws- leave them proud and grind the heads off. Has anyone done this? What advice can you give me? What size screw would you use (#12?), would you use any glue w it? Talk to me!



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#1 posted 02-09-2015 06:43 PM

Don’t use Philips head screws as the points go too deep into the head, by the time you file deep enough to remove the slots the head is gone.

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 06:46 PM

I would just buy lengths of brass rod, myself.

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#3 posted 02-09-2015 06:54 PM

Agree with jmartel

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#4 posted 02-09-2015 07:04 PM

I agree, I think jmart hit it on the head.

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#5 posted 02-09-2015 07:12 PM

If you can’t find brass rod, buy a few toilet float rods. They are good brass and with a bit of work, polish nicely.

Another thought is to use brazing rod.

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#6 posted 02-10-2015 01:29 AM

I’ve used brass screws to mount brass plates. Then file the head away (Flat head!).

One could use brass rod, but would need to resort to epoxy or something to glue them in.

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#7 posted 02-10-2015 01:34 AM

Is that so wrong? One could wuff up the sides horribly for grabbage and use Gorilla glue

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#8 posted 02-10-2015 01:42 AM

I used brass screws fir the inlay on a set of dovetail markers. The biggest problem is if you cut them off below the head, you will not get true circles. It is difficult to see in the picture, but if you look close, you can see where the pitch disappears into the wood and where it exits the wood. The result is an oblong and somewhat non-circular brass inlay. My description may not be clear, so I would suggest a test run in a scrap piece of wood to make sure you like it.


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#9 posted 02-10-2015 09:22 PM

Thanks for the input. I had not considered how easy it would be to simply use a brass rod and cut it down. I think the very idea of inlaid work might be intimidating me.

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 09:31 PM

I agree brass rods are the answer, however cut the close and file/rasp level avoid allot of sanding or grinding, Brass. stainless /copper , aluminium all get hot fast and transfer the heat quickly , you can easily char around the hole, keep it as cool as possible , epoxy is the best glue, .. Dont ask how I know about the char thing.

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#11 posted 02-10-2015 11:20 PM

How about copper wire instead?

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