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Looks good Mickey. Good choice of woods.


They do look good together (the woods). However, that cedar board wasnít fully flat and i donít have a planer. The whole project was just practice anyway so i went with what i had. I wanted to prove that my stencils workedand weíre lined up properly. Iím pleased with that aspect. However, due to the cedar not being flat, the inlays required lots of sanding in some spots. This is very noticeable when the light hits the piece just right. You can clearly see where the cedar was eaten up by the sandpaper. There are very shallow ďbowlsĒ around each letter. Maybe a card scraper will be included in my next order of supplies, unless yíall would recommend a small handheld planer for making the inlays flush and smooth.

Overall Iím still pleased and will likely use two hardwoods next time.


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Hereís another one recently finished. Itís 2Ē thick cedar glue up, with walnut inlay. About 24Ē tall by 17Ē wide.

I do not think Iíll be using cedar much for backboards anymore. This is the first glue up Iíve ever done and had to use my router table with an offset outfeed fence. Iím mostly pleased with how it came out.

The thing that bothers me about this piece is that when i clamped down the bottom right piece of the B, i didnít realized i turned the piece of walnut before i cut it out and the wood grain direction is way off. But the inlay itself came out pretty good.





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Mickey; is there a cabinet or millwork shop near you, with a stroke sander? Perhaps for a bit of cash they'd let you sand your panels? Or just use a belt sander...you need a larger footprint on the sanding area than a ROS will provide.
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Mickey; is there a cabinet or millwork shop near you, with a stroke sander? Perhaps for a bit of cash they'd let you sand your panels? Or just use a belt sander...you need a larger footprint on the sanding area than a ROS will provide.
$1,000 would buy you a new open arm drum sander if you don't already have one.


I don't have a drum sander but i do have a pretty decent belt sander. It's how i flattened (mostly, lol) the glue up for the big letter B. That one wasn't much trouble as it was flat enough. Not perfect, but plenty flat enough.


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Perfect is overrated...
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Both look wonderful
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