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Old 06-05-2019, 12:02 PM
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I am making a wedding anniversary plaque that will have a heart shape center piece whose dimensions will be roughly 13 x13. I want to inlay the heart as contrasting wood color. I started using the inlay tool path and began to think that maybe the v-carve inlay would give me a better fit/finish. Any suggestions from the experts wold be appreciated on the best method to do the inlay. Right now the inlay would be about 0.375" thick, Thanks!
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Old 06-05-2019, 12:13 PM
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By far the best inlay method

https://forum.vectric.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=564

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Old 06-05-2019, 01:11 PM
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This Inlay process is great. I can't compare to other processes because I started with this one. The gap between the male and female cut can be pretty small. Look for other posts here, especially from Russell.
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Old 06-05-2019, 05:02 PM
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Thanks Doug & Charlie.
I have used the vcarve inlay for much "smaller" work and indeed it is awesome. I just wasn't sure how it would work with such a large, flat bottomed piece as the 13" heart. I know it will give me very crisp clean edges. So far Im leaning that direction...unless someone comes up with a better methodology for larger pieces.
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Old 06-05-2019, 06:05 PM
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That method should work great. Just make sure to hog out the big areas with an end mill to save yourself some time.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:58 PM
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It is about 2+ feet across this inlay. The plywood is a 42 inch square used on the stairway landing. It is a little different than your layout. I wouldn't hesitate to use the Inlay method. Just keep the clearance between the inlay and base to a minimum. Maybe 0.020 or 0.030. Others may have a better idea.
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Old 06-05-2019, 09:05 PM
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Thats beautiful, Charlie! I have a test run all setup to try a sample vcarve inlay tomorrow. I will let you know how it goes.
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Old 06-06-2019, 10:14 AM
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OK...here is another question concerning inlays. Well...I guess this isn't technically an inlay, but...

Has anyone used colored wood filler to "fill in" v carved text for a contrasting effect?
I did a sample run with some walnut & pine wood filler. Seems to work ok and the contrast is good. Don't know about long term effects. I remember reading one forum member posting pics of carved text colored with coffee grounds, which looked pretty cool. Just curious what the experts may have done in lieu of an actual inlay.
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"Wood filler"? No. Tinted epoxy, yes.
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Old 06-06-2019, 12:51 PM
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Joe,

Just a few drops of color really adds what you need.

https://camheads.org/showthread.php?t=9752
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