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Nice tight inlays. Did you use an inlay collar set to do the inlays?

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[QUOTE=Mickeyfolse;2015359]Itís supposed to be a replica of this...

Well, I'm still not sure of a tiger eye, but you did a good job of duplication, and it does look like an eye of something now. And you'll just keep getting better and better. I think the only thing I would have done different than you would have been to make one or two out of cheap wood first.

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Nice tight inlays. Did you use an inlay collar set to do the inlays?


Yes i did. That's why it had to be broken into so many different pieces.



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Itís supposed to be a replica of this...



Well, I'm still not sure of a tiger eye, but you did a good job of duplication, and it does look like an eye of something now. And you'll just keep getting better and better. I think the only thing I would have done different than you would have been to make one or two out of cheap wood first.


I did a test of sorts on an old scrap wood. I only routed out the recesses and it looked, well... like it looks lol. With the inlay kit i figured the inlays would fit near perfectly by default.

I do plan to do one freehand one of these days to compare. I think it'll look nicer in some ways, but obviously there will be a few more visible gaps. It'll be a matter of how well i can hide them.




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look very nice love the wood
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Lots of work in making those patterns and in making very tight inlays - super job and great looking result.
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Thanks Scotty! The tight inlays are a function of using an inlay kit. It's almost guaranteed to fit tight except for sharp points. I could have chiseled them out, but i chose to sand the inlay pieces instead. The most time spent was on making the patterns and being as precise as possible in laying them out on the stencil cards.

This would have looked nicer if done freehand, but I'd lose repeatability. I may also try one using a metallic gold epoxy instead of yellowheart. But I'll definitely freehand the recesses for that one.




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Really nice Mickey but would have been so much better if you had taken progress shots showing the making so that other members wouldn't have to "re-invent the wheel".

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this might be harder to inlay without slicing. ive had this 7 lb chunk of tiger eye for years. i dabbled with rocks awhile with my grandad. ive been thinking of taking translucent slabs i cut years ago and inlaying them in a table top and illuminating them from underneath
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