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Currently working on an LSU Tiger eye multilayer inlay. They eye is 19” across and 12” high.

Backboard is walnut. Inlay is purpleheart, yellowheart, and maple.

These first pics are the paper copies of the template. Many hours and careful measuring went into this.




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Next, the paper was transferred to four wooden cards... done on 1/2” blondewood using a scroll saw.




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A test run on some old plywood... with a little color added to help see better.






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And now a few images as it currently stands.... I usually don’t like showing these cause they always look crappy midway through. But that’s okay in this case.




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I do have a question regarding finishing however. Usually i just use tung or danish oil on my inlays.

I am considering applying a light coat of finishing wax today. And i will then add finishing wax to the inlay pieces before inserting them. The idea here is to help with cleaning up glue squeezeout.

Will I still be able to add the oil once the project is complete? Will the oil mix in with the wax and still look okay? Is there another product that will dissolve the wax before applying the oil?

Or should i keep doing what I'm doing and clean the glue carefully as it's squeezed out on each piece?




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Great looking project. love that you show how much work goes into a project like this. The dry run in Plywood to save the expensive stuff is a great tip

The original reason I bought a scroll saw was to make router templates. Little did I know I would eventually become addicted to it.

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Great looking project. love that you show how much work goes into a project like this. The dry run in Plywood to save the expensive stuff is a great tip

The original reason I bought a scroll saw was to make router templates. Little did I know I would eventually become addicted to it.


The template will need some minor adjustments. Not enough to make me stop and fix it now though. The shaded in areas in this picture around a few of the template holes need to be trimmed with the router to make them slightly bigger. This way, the yellow pieces will completely over the purple on the outer edge of the entire design. It’s maybe 1/8” off.




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Great looking project, Mickey! I wouldn't use wax. We run into that issue doing binding, purfling, inlay, etc. on guitars and the go-to way to protect surrounding areas is shellac. It won't interfere with much at all finish wise but if you want it off you can easily sand it or use some DNA to remove it entirely.

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Great looking project, Mickey! I wouldn't use wax. We run into that issue doing binding, purfling, inlay, etc. on guitars and the go-to way to protect surrounding areas is shellac. It won't interfere with much at all finish wise but if you want it off you can easily sand it or use some DNA to remove it entirely.

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Thank you! A definitive, confident, and direct answer is what I was hoping for here!


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More progress.... worked out a couple of minor errors on the template and discovered I did a less than perfect glueing on the one large purple piece in the middle. Fortunately that’s on a “lower layer” and won’t matter.




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