Box Top with Inlaid Agate Slice

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09-02-2009 08:32 AM

Anyone ever seen a box top with an inlaid slice of agate? Probably be a real pain to clean out the hollow for the inlay because of the uneven edges and I’m not sure I can find a slice thin enough – most I have seen are 1/4 or slightly thicker. Turquoise would look really nice in a walnut top, I think. Again, where to find the slice.

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 11:41 AM

jim ,
check out jewelry supply stores .
or lapidary (guys that cut and polish stones
for jewelers ) .

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 03:13 PM

The best place I have found for slices of agate is a rock shop. There is one here Illinois and he has some amazing pieces of stone in his shop. He also deals in fossils. Here is the link

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 03:40 PM

As far as cuttting the recess, don’t worry about a perfect fit. Just make it a bit oversize, and set your inlay in fiberglass resin.

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