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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-30-2016, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Default Table with inlaid stones in the top.

I'm wanting to make a wooden table with stones inset into its top.
I've seen an example of one that someone else made on the net and copied the pictures onto my computer for reference.
Here is the pictures of the one I like. Again, I didn't make it. Only copied the images off the internet.







Then I've been for a walk along the beach with my three year old ("Nearly four Pops!!!") granddaughter picking up unusual stones and taking masses of pictures all the time.

In the semi distant future would like to set several of these stones in the table top to give her the table, along with the photos of the day finding them.
Now I could cut them out with a jigsaw but am wondering if there's a neater way to do it with a router.

Does anyone have any ideas of a better way?
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A full size pattern and template would be my first choice.
Another concept you might consider is to slice the rocks in half lengthwise on a wet saw (rocks mounted cut side down). It'll make the routing part simpler, and certainly more comfortable to sit on if the rocks don't stick up too high(?).
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trace the stone and cut a template...
mark the location for the stone using the template...
make the cutout w/ your jigsaw or router...
use your router w/ a RO bit to soften the edges...

plan ''B''...

do the stone as an inlay...
Making Inlays With A Router - NewWoodworker.com LLC

perfect the fit on scrap 1st...
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+1 what Dan and Stick said.

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A sharp chisel?

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Hi Demo,

I did a similar table last year. Hadda old piece of Chestnut burl that I wanted to inlay (table top is maple and cherry). I sliced the burl, traced the pattern on top, then routed it (very carefully)...as Dan & Stick mentioned, then used 2 part epoxy, filled in the gaps. Flattened it all down (as the burl was rather proud to table top...as I intended) with a power-planer, then subsequent grades of sandpaper...etc.

Once I conquered that, I got some polished river stone and did the same thing. I laid out the stones where i wanted them, traced the outline, then using a trim-router and a 1/2" core box bit, roughed out the hole (with rounded bottom & sides) to allow me to fit the stones into the top...again, about 1/2 depth of the stone proud. Used the epoxy again, although this time, carefully added it around the edge of the stone to just bring it level to the surface of table, since I could not sand or file the cured epoxy around the stone. All of this had to be done AFTER having done surface prep to the table top (sand, prep, & at least 1 coat of poly), since you don't want to poly over the stones.

Fun project...some people look at the table and say "gee...WHY did you do that?" Others say" GEE...HOW did you do that?" Pictures are attached...

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I did a table using two pieces of live edge arbutus...but I never thought of adding any stones.

That's a great idea and it looks terrific. Sure would like to see yours when you get it done. Good luck!
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Wow! Great job on the routing, John!! :0
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Well thanks guys, great response and pictures from someone who's actually done it with excellent results.

Jigsaw plywood template, maybe after using one of those scribe wheel things for the correct offset so I can use a guidebush which will allow me to incrementally lower the depth of cut to the correct depth.

I don't want to cut the stones to thickness if I can help it.

I gave her the brief of finding as many different and interesting coloured stones as possible and she really did well.
She found a fair range of stones at the beach, from igneous through metamorphic to sedimentary and even a few bits of well waterworn coloured glass.

I doubt I will be making it too soon but hope to get something like cherry wood for the top and rout out the knots to possibly put stones in where they were so the grain looks like its flowing around the stones.

I'm a site carpenter by trade so not a natural furniture maker.
Got plenty time (realistically years) before I need to do it and finding the stones was just me setting the idea in motion with the hope that she remembers us picking them (bearing in mind the fact I took loads of pictures to remind her, including some of the stone haul in the back if the car to tie the memory into the day).

I'm trying to work out what areas those stones have travelled from to get there as well, just so she has a bit of a story to go with it all.
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