Turquoise, gemstone, gold, etc. inlay

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I see some beautiful projects here and want to try this “inlay” practice myself. I’m presently working on a gunstock but…Oh Hell. I just don’t want to screw it up and have to start over!

So my questions are, how do you sand or smooth the stones to match your project, and yet retain the shine? What kind of glue do you use to set the stones? What kind of top finish? Has anyone blogged this practice yet?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#1 posted 1888 days ago

Thanks for asking this Dadoo! – I don’t have an answer but was wondering the same myself – will watch for an answer from “those who know”


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#2 posted 1888 days ago

I’m with you guys I’d like to know that too.

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#3 posted 1888 days ago

Best glue to use is CA glue. Then sand like you would anything else but use finer sandpaper in the end. You might have to go as far as 1200 grit or higher.

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#4 posted 1888 days ago

Check out this link to Steven Russel’s page. I found it very informative.

I also like the looks when turquoise is used with black CA adhesive. It gives the appearance of graining.

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