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    "The black crow" (Tutorial complete)

    Here is another bottle stopper in my ongoing practice.

    This is the first among a gifted batch of wood from another FWW member.

    I love the turning community in that there are so many unwritten laws that make it great. You don't get to find out what they are until you start turning.

    Spalted Box Elder with ebony/ca inlay.




    Last edited by Dewey Torres; 03-03-2009 at 04:22 PM.
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    Looks like you're getting the hang of this lathe stuff pretty quickly, Dewey. Great job on the stopper, and I'm looking forward to learning how you do the inlay.
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    he does learn quick doesnt he one time of gettin him some harassment and now hes showing his trademark and pics all the time.. now just need the tutorial
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    he does learn quick doesnt he one time of gettin him some harassment and now hes showing his trademark and pics all the time.. now just need the tutorial
    Larry,
    A question on that. I am not used to the TOS here. Does that go here in this furum or in the tutorial forum? I should have it ready tonight.
    Last edited by Dewey Torres; 03-02-2009 at 05:11 PM.
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    Very nice. I will be waiting for the tutorial.

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    post it here and then we can move it in to the tut forum or should say vaughn can he's better at it than i am
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    Larry's right...post it in the regular forums, and a Mod or Admin will copy it (not move it) to the T&T forum. That way there are two copies...one with all the discussion from other members, and one that's just the tutorial by itself.
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    Tutorial

    As with any inlay project, there are many ways to get to the finished
    product.
    The basic form of inlay is really a 3 step process:
    1) Come up with a design
    2) Create a recess
    3) Infill the recess with another material

    The part that differs in most cases is how the recess is created and what
    material is used to fill it.

    These two stoppers where my first attempts at inlaying curved surfaces and
    two different methods were involved.
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    For the shark inlay I first needed to come up with a way to create a recess
    on something round while keeping it steady enough to be accurate.

    I came up with the jig seen here which is the most basic of basic. 2 pieces
    of MDF screwed together at a right angle. One side gets clamped to the tool rest.
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    The height was made such that I can slide my Dremel tool (equipped with plunge base) over it.


    I have it
    equipped with a special micro bit. It is a solid carbide down cut spiral.
    Before I got this bit I was using a 1/16th inch grout bit that you can pick
    up at the one of the BORGs.
    (note: I f you start turning with a jaw chuck you will need to switch to a
    drill chuck for the inlay excavation to allow clearance for the router base
    to travel over)

    At this point I lock the indexing head on the lathe, transfer the pattern
    with an Exacto (with new blade), and cut the recess close to the scribed
    line with the Dremel.
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    The tricky part is watching the depth of cut. This
    had to be done via "deep inlay" so that I could get enough material below
    the shallow part of the curved surface. This was made easier because I kept
    the shape where the inlay was planned fairly linear and the length of the
    inlay goes up and down. Had I tried to "wrap" the shark around the stopper
    it would have been far more difficult.
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    (more on that challenge below)

    Then I go back with a micro chisel set
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    and pair the remainder of the recess
    to the line. Test the fit and try again until you can get 1/16th of the
    inlay to fit down into the hole. Once it fits, glue it with some thin CA
    and sand the excess flush, going through all of the grits.

    For the Crow I ran into the difficulty of trying to wrap the inlay around
    the piece. I tried it with flexible veneer which I had planned to create a
    recess and then bend it around and glue it. It was going well but about
    halfway through the veneer broke right at the legs because they were so
    small. Here is what is looked like when I took it from the scroll saw.
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    Not to fear. half of woodworking is figuring out something that will work
    even when I first thought about throwing this one in the trash at this
    point. It was at that moment that I remembered a technique of infill using
    mica powders and CA glue.

    http://content.penturners.org/video/inlay_01.mpg

    I used this method successfully with using ebony sawdust, scoop a small
    amount into the recess and then let the thin CA glue wick into it. Spray
    with CA accelerator, sand, check for voids and repeat until the inlay is
    smooth.


    Shopping list:

    Dremel plunge base http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-335-01-...ews/B0000DEZK4
    Micro bit set http://microfence.com/micro-bit-kit-p-110.html
    Alternative to Micro bit set http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-569D-16...bxgy_hi_text_c
    Micro carving set http://www.woodcraft.com/product.asp...&FamilyID=1361
    Thin CA http://www.woodcraft.com/product.asp...FamilyID=21102
    CA accelerator http://www.woodcraft.com/product.asp...FamilyID=21102
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    Last edited by Dewey Torres; 03-03-2009 at 02:15 AM.
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    Thanks for making the tutorial. You obviously have a much steadier hand than I.

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    Thanks much for the tutorial, Dewey. Your little router platform is simple but effective. I never thought of having one that attached to the tool rest. (Mind gears are spinning...)
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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