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Old 07-16-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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These boxes were created after practising doing inlays, I did not know what to do with the inlays, so I drew a couple of circles and an oval and thought I would make them into boxes. It is one thing cutting an inlay in silhouette but a different one when it comes to trying to put some detail into the inlay as I attempted to do with the boy and girl. I cut the inlays at a constant angle of 3.25 degrees tilt to the right and cut in a clockwise direction but still had some pieces fit more loosely than others which resulted in some gapping which I have tried to disguise. Can anyone tell me where I am going wrong, any tips would be much appreciated.

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Looks great to me. As the person that made them you know were all the "mistakes" are. For everyone else they look great. What a novel idea for the use of practice pieces. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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Very nice boxes, Harry. I can see where adding the detail might make those pieces fit a little looser. I can't see any "disguising" of mistakes.
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Looks very clean to me Harry. I have been making popourri boxes and perhaps a little inlay with spruce them up.
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Sweeeeet stuff Harry, and thanks for the idea.
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I have done a lot of inlays in box lids and yours are great! I use 3.3 degrees with 1/4" thick lids and inlay material. I also do some carving of details on the inlayed images. When I have imperfect inlays I make a thin paste of white glue and sawdust (powder actualy) to fill in and hide the gaps pretty well. Yours are very well done!
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They look great to me too.
Very nice work.
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I don't see anything wrong there Harry....
In fact these are great...!!!!!

Nice to see others working with inlay...
Kind of addictive, huh...??
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.......... but still had some pieces fit more loosely than others which resulted in some gapping which I have tried to disguise. ..........., any tips would be much appreciated.
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One thing you can try: Make the inlayed wood a little thicker than usual and it will stand proud of the top and then sand it off flush. You may get a better fit that way.
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your boxes look great!
I do a lot of sanding when I do inlay work. I know that blade size will change the angle that is needed. I do a sample cut using the same blade I'm using for the project before I do the actual cutting. That helps a lot.
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