When making an inlay I usually leave the inlay a little proud and sand it
flush. Sometimes this will leave the area filling uneven as a result of the
wood surrounding the inlay getting sanded lower in the process.
I recently tried flushing the inlay with the plunge router and a straight
bit by first zeroing the depth with the work piece surface. I then make
small passes over the inlay instantly making it flush with the work. I
wonder why I never thought of this nor never seen this done before (Marks
nor Nahm nor FWW).
Is there a reason it is not done?
I've done that to level a patch I put in one of my benches. I made a
very quick-and-dirty router base from hardboard which is more or less a
regular base cut in half. Just drop the bit down to the reference
surface, then push it into whatever needs leveling, making sure to keep
weight on the base so the router doesn't tip forward and gouge the work.
Mon, May 7, 2007, 7:41pm .@. (Stoutman) doth query:
<snip> Is there a reason it is not done?
I'm thinking because most people don't do inlays, for one reason.
Most of the rest it probably wouldn't think of it. You get an atta boy
from me at least. http://www.dailywav.com/0702/attaboy3.wav
The only down-side I could figure would be if you used something
for inlay that wouldn't rout well, would crumble, probably nothing
cheap, just something expensive. I don't inlay myself, at least never
so far, but I would think it would work with most inlay material. But I
can't help wondering how it would work with prehistoric ivory for
What is life without challenge and a constant stream of new
- Peter Egan
The same thing can happen when tryign to make a plug flush with the surface.
I suspect you are using a sander to level the surface. Don't do that. Wrap
a piece of sand paper around a piece of wood and hand sand the high spot.
The cushy bottom of the sander is the culprit. The hard non-flexable piece
of wood under the sand paper will keep the paper from dipping into the area
around the inlay.
Some woods are very prone to tear out. That can happen using the router
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