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My name is Mickey. I found a calling i must have missed all my life when my wife purchased my daughter and i a router for Christmas after she had used one in shop class in 8th grade. I've been hooked ever since, and have purchased a second router. I plan to get a third.

My particular interest is detailed inlays.

I feel like i have a natural ability to do this -the eyes and hands. I lack the things that CAN be learned though. That's why I'm here. I've been lurking unregistered for quite a while and have already learned a lot from you guys. Looking forward to getting to know some of you and sharing ideas.

My current project is making my own 2.5" multilayer letter stencils. I forget the name of the font, but it's not exactly basic. So far it's coming out great! I'm also doing some New Orleans Saints themed pieces for a friends new man cave.
 

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Welcome Mickey, We like photos. You can upload pics from your computer (attachments) right away, bust must wait until yo have 10 posts to post a link from the internet. Show us your interests.
 

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Welcome to the fold Mickey. There is, as you've found out, a vast amount of knowledge and skill on this group and lucky for all of us they share their knowledge and experience. It's good to hear the good and bad experiences as both are learning opportunities. And as most have said, pictures speak volumes. Glad you came out of the shadows.
 

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Hi Mickey...welcome to the forum...
 
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Happy you decided to join in the fun. Inlays can be beautiful AND demending. I have a router plane (specialty hand plane) that comes with an inlay kit. It has an L shaped blade so you can set the depth of the recess for the inlay with great precision. A second special part allows you to precisely cut shapes, especially vines, to exact depth. I think this is a tool you might find interesting. It is made by Veritas. I've only used it to flatten the bottoms of quickie dados or grooves.
 

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Wow, Tom! I honestly have no idea what that is, nor do i know how to use it. But it looks very interesting and i will possibly purchase one.

To be more clear with my introduction, i do not consider myself a woodworker by any means. But i do have steady hands, a good set of eyes, and blessed with the ability to draw really well. My inlay projects are coming out really well so far, but i can certainly get better. I can't help but believe that my flaws are chiefly caused by technique more than anything else. This is what I'm trying to learn from you all. I will post a pic or two soon.

The letter stencils are a slow process. I can see why multilayer stencils are usually made on plexiglass and cut with lasers. It's not easy trying to eyeball 1/32" when you can't see through the piece you're working on! That said, the few I've done aren't bad at all, especially for a first run. I've already figured some things to do differently with the next set.
 

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Wow, Tom! I honestly have no idea what that is, nor do i know how to use it. But it looks very interesting and i will possibly purchase one.

To be more clear with my introduction, i do not consider myself a woodworker by any means. But i do have steady hands, a good set of eyes, and blessed with the ability to draw really well. My inlay projects are coming out really well so far, but i can certainly get better. I can't help but believe that my flaws are chiefly caused by technique more than anything else. This is what I'm trying to learn from you all. I will post a pic or two soon.

The letter stencils are a slow process. I can see why multilayer stencils are usually made on plexiglass and cut with lasers. It's not easy trying to eyeball 1/32" when you can't see through the piece you're working on! That said, the few I've done aren't bad at all, especially for a first run. I've already figured some things to do differently with the next set.
hello Mickey...
welcome to the forums...

it's called a router plane...
Lee Valley Tools - Woodworking Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 2
https://shop.mybluprint.com/woodworking/article/how-to-use-a-router-plane/

to hand inlay ...
https://www.wikihow.com/Inlay-Wood

i do not consider myself a woodworker by any means.
now when it comes to routers... we can help you out there...
take yourself over to this link and indulge yourself...

when you can't see through the piece you're working on!
just what is the issue???...
we may have the solutions...

can't help but believe that my flaws are chiefly caused by technique more than anything else.
what do you want to fix???

I will post a pic or two soon.
you can do that from the computer you are posting from providing they reside on that computer's hard drive...

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What i meant about the stencils is that most letters have to be broken down into more than one piece. Those pieces have to be carved onto different stencil cards and precisely located on each card.
 
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