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Hey yíall itís been a while. But i just finished a project i been working on a little at a time for over a month now. Finally fruits of the labor! Itís not perfect but Iím pleased with the results. only because i made the stencil. Had i purchased it (and thereís no place to purchase one) Iíd have issues with it. But itís mine. And Iím fairly proud of it. It gives me some things to improve on and to be more careful of next time as well. I learn from every piece i do.

Iím thinking this piece will end up serving as the lid of a keepsake box for a friend of mine who had a son playing for LSU and was killed late last year.





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In case it isnít obvious, the woods are purpleheart and yellowheart . Not sure how the pictures will show up.


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That’s very nice , I’m always impressed by inlays

I donít always insulate , but when I do .

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Thatís very nice , Iím always impressed by inlays


Thank you! Compliments from this crowd are always felt deepest. There are things i wish Iíd done differently.... but at least i have the stencil and can do those different things on the next try!


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Nice work. And always nice to make something yourself, that way you get what you want, not what someone else thinks you want. But totally missing a tiger eye.
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Great job on an interesting design. My templates are purchased. I'd like to try making my own. Sure would open up some possibilities. Yours look very professional.
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Nice work. And always nice to make something yourself, that way you get what you want, not what someone else thinks you want. But totally missing a tiger eye.


Itís supposed to be a replica of this...



There are several versions out there each with subtle differences. I canít say for sure this is the exact one i tried copying. Mine is far from perfect but i have full confidence an LSU fan would instantly recognize it!


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Great job on an interesting design. My templates are purchased. I'd like to try making my own. Sure would open up some possibilities. Yours look very professional.


Far from professional but i appreciate the kind words. Iíve been doing this less than a year and am still learning. If i had a laser cutter Iíd be knocking it out the park! Lol

This one youíre seeing is only 4Ē tall. Itíd be easier and likely look cleaner had i done it bigger. But i had no real use for a bigger one. Not yet anyway.

All you need is a compass opened to whatever the offset of your inlay kit has. Then trace around the design. Unfortunately the little donut is approx .5Ē so it can only fit into relatively large spaces. Thatís why the design is broken into so many pieces.

Once all traced out, itís a simple matter of transferring your design to wood all referenced from the corner of the stencil card. You might be able to see the numbering and the arrows written on the stencil cards shown.


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You're right, that would make a great lid for a box. It took me awhile to figure out the tiger eye thing, but then, I live out west.
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Probably at this size, freehanding it would look a little nicer. The wood grains wouldn't collide as much as they do here. Some pieces would have looked better if they could have been combined into one.

When i do this design again, I'll probably chisel out the corners of the recesses rather than sand down the sharp corners of the inlay pieces.

It probably took longer to break this thing into "chunks" and draw it out than it did to complete the whole inlay.





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