My first attempts at turquoise inlay

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Forum topic by Bruyet posted 04-14-2015 04:27 PM 1214 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2015 04:27 PM


I’ve been turning since November last year, and always wanted to try inlay. The mortar and pestle are red maple from a tree in the woods behind the house. The pestle was a branch deformed by a vine, and had a punky vein running thru it. I removed it and replaced with turquoise. The bowl is maple burl. I really enjoyed the challenge of both these projects, and welcome any comments from the pros.

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#1 posted 04-14-2015 04:31 PM

I’m not a Pro, in fact I have never done this before, but it looks pretty darn good to me!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 04-14-2015 05:29 PM

It looks great! How did the inlay turn? Is Inlay and Inlace the same thing?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 04-14-2015 07:21 PM

I bought three grades of crushed turquoise (coarse, regular, fine). Fill the void with coarse and top with CA. After a few hours I knocked it down with my air grinder and 120 grit Roloc. I hit it with compressed air to open any smaller voids between the stones. I fill those with medium stones and CA. Repeated the 120 grit Roloc. Repeated the whole process with fine stone (more like sand) and CA, and hit it with 240 Roloc. Then I put it back in the lathe to finish. I did not use any tools on the lathe, only sandpaper. It sanded well. The mortar and pestle are finished with teak oil. The bowl is teak oil and satin WOP.

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