Dave tanks you agoin for this...
Quick question, but please forgive my ignorance
If I was to cut my own inlay would it matter which side of the board
I used? for example should I try to resaw and use the top or
could I use the long edge? I wouldnt think it matters but I
have never done this and want to make sure.
Excellent exercise Dave!
I have done inlay in a humidor I made for a friend and can only offer
...All the commercial inlay I have come across has some sort of
repeating pattern... to my eye it just look better to locate
the inlay so that the ends terminate at the same point in the
pattern... Knowing that I'm going to be using inlay I usually
try to size the piece I'm building to fit near the repeated pattern.
First box I made was too far away from the pattern and I had to
find another inlay (and re-route, etc).
...Sand both edges evenly since most inlays have a thin border wood
that you don't want to sand thru on one side only... Yeah, its
always better to sand thru both sides DAMHIKT
This is the greatest tip in the exercise and bears repeating:
... As soon as that inlay hits the glue it is going to
start to swell up... and if you placed it in with the bow
DOWN... then the edges of the inlay are not going to fit tight
into the groove no matter how hard you try to force them in there.
As shown in the progess pics a J-Roller is an
excellent tool for applying even pressure.
Thanks again Dave!
Because of people like you I decided to join WWA. This is not
boring at all, anytime we can learn something or refresh what
we've alreadey learned, I think is a great opportunity.
I did inlays way back in high school and none since,
so for me, this lesson is well worth it.
Thanks and take care,