Beading sole profiled inlay

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Beading sole profiled inlay

Postby rwest » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:33 am

Hi,

I have been trying out some different inlay effects. I used the .250 Beading Sole set to make the profile. To start, I took a thin slice off of a board of walnut and then a slice off of a maple board and glued the maple between the walnut pieces. I could have just glued the thin strip of walnut onto a maple board, but I was working out of the srap bin and the maple wasn't a good size! I centered the beads and started cutting.

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When you plane to the final depth, you will have contrasting lines between the beads, which gives the appearence of very thin beads, evenly spaced.

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Then it's just a matter of cutting off the finished inlay. You could then put it into a groove, or a dado.

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One final thought: to get the right thickness off the top slice, don't worry too much, start a bit thick, run the profile, and if it doesn't cut into the next layer, take a few passes with a hand plane and then run the profile again, until you get the contrast.

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Postby Stumper » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:02 pm

Rutager,
Thanks for the idea. I'm making some decorative boxes for gifts and I think this will work great for a couple of them. I have discovered that purpleheart is not the easiest wood to work with the HP6's though.
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Postby rwest » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:51 pm

You're welcome Wayne,

Can't say that I've tried the HP-6 on purpleheart. I do have some in the shop though, maybe I''ll give it a go!

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Postby John » Mon Dec 06, 2010 5:05 pm

Rutager;

Cool idea!


Wayne, when using really hard woods, make sure your iron is super sharp and take really light passes and lots of them. The results are incredible!
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Thanks Rutager

Postby WoodZealot » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:29 am

Thanks Rutager for sharing this idea. I played around with some walnut and purpleheart earlier tonight (pics below). I was curious to see the effect with less contrasting materials. I think I prefer more contrast like what you achieved with the maple/walnut combo. More experimentation to ensue... with other materials as well as other mulitbead profiles.

Again, thanks for the idea!
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