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Practice inlay piece to test technique for a larger project. This is Walnut, African Mahogany, and Cherry. Its 12 x 6. Pockets and inlay pieces were drawn freehand in Fusion 360, cut on the CNC, then each piece hand filed and fitted. Leaf veins were cut by hand, as well. Finish is 2 lb. cut Shellac and applied with French polish method. Veins are highlighted with Mohawk Van Dyke Brown glazing stain. Finish took about 20 minutes from bare wood.

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David, beautiful sample. How big is the final piece going to be?
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David, it looks great, only one thing wrong with it. You forgot the caterpillars!

Seriously, great match on the colors.
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LOL! Yep, missed it on the caterpillars!

The real project will be about 16" x 21" and I'll do it on the piece on the left -

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nice job, have you tried inlaying metal filings? I get them from Home Depoe using the key cutting scrape. Cut a void and sprinkle in and add CA glue. Great for accents.
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What a novel idea, Scott! No sir, never have. I've inlaid gold, silver, Abalone, MOP, but never any filings. I'll check on that next time I'm out.

I would imagine you get a good variety of color from the filings, right? Do you have any photos you can share?

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Thought I'd show you the target project board and the practice piece together -

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Is that going to be a guitar?

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The Walnut crotch piece? Thought about how it would look as a cap on a solid body electric or even as a back on an acoustic if I thinned it enough - right now it's 0.250" thick. But no, it's destined to be a wall panel with frame. That, however, is a fluid idea as are many things in my shop!

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