Every Meal Time’s an Adventure With These Scenic Tables
From Gizmodo (via Moco Loco) comes an article about tables with tiny scenes on them.
Thought this would be a cool future project where I could utilize my new inlay techniques. Could easily be incorporated into a myriad of projects. Have to start thinking of my own scenes…
Latest Inlay class project: Pearl and Engraving
We were directed to inlay a (roughly) face-shaped piece of shell into wood and then engrave a face on the inlay. Once engraved, we then rubbed oil pastel into the engraving to highlight the lines.
I ended up with this “spooky” face on mother of pearl :)
I think the inlay is getting better (this is my third), but the engraving close-up looks like a child’s scratching. More practice needed on this! I also have ordered some magnifying glasses that will help me see what I’m doing better as all the work to date has been “unaided” by any level of magnification and my older eyes ain’t what they used to be for close-up work.
In my next inlay, I’m going to try using wood dust mixed with the epoxy rather than black dye. I’ll be interested to see how (if?) that blends into the wood better. Most of the folks in my inlay class are part of the luthier program at Red Rocks and apparently, most folks inlay the fret board on guitars and use ebony for the wood. So the black dye blends nicely in ebony.
I’ll be using inlays in my woodworking projects and not guitars, so I’m hoping I can come up with a better method to “hide” the gaps around the inlaid piece in lighter woods. We’ll see how that works…
Q:So I'm considering getting one of those grizzly's you just got. how's the bandsaw working out for you so far? should i pull the trigger?
I’m very happy with the Grizzly so far. However, my needs are pretty minor since I’m still more of a hobbyist, and I haven’t really used it extensively yet. I’ve mostly used it to cut some curves on my cutting boards, so being able to slice through 3/4 lumber isn’t really a valid “workout” for the saw.
Overall though, I am impressed with the quality and workmanship of the saw. When I started looking for a band saw, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it, but I wanted something better than a Harbor Freight saw. I read a lot of great reviews on the Grizzly’s and they are what my school uses for several machines. In researching the various G0555 models, the anniversary model has all of the same features, but at a reduced price (at least at the time I bought it).
I think you would be very happy with it.
JACB - Just Another Cutting Board
Laura put this cutting board together out of scrap materials. The board is made of a combination of cherry and maple with the handle being curly cherry and giving a nice contrasting wavy look.