Woodturning inlay techniques explored
We all know how amazing inlaying materials look on a finished project and so in this article I wanted to explore with you the various options and materials I've used for inlaying on wood and wood turned projects.
- Powder Metal
Typically powdered inlay material is a very fine dust that you can use two different ways. The first would be to coat and cover the entire piece you’re working on. This method works well a bit messy but because the powder is so fine can be worked into every pour of the wood. The second method is to mix it with resin and the clear color of the resin will change into whatever color powder your using.
Adding stone inlay to wood is one of my favorite ways to fill cracks and voids and you can get various types of stone such as malachite, turquoise, and many more. I like this method because you can also get the stone in various forms such as fine, medium, and course. Fill the cracks or void and add resin, CA glue such as Star bond.
- Inlace pre mix
Inlace pre mix is another favorite of mine simply because it’s very easy and looks amazing. Inlace comes in a variety of crushed stone pre mixed and all you have to do it add the hardener. Additionally, you can get a thickening agent to speed up drying time as well as make the consistency thicker.
- Metal shavings
You can get many types of metal shavings that can be used as inlay however the larger the pieces of metal are the more difficult it can be to pack them in well. Brass, Aluminum, Copper, Platinum, Gold and Silver all work really well and I've used each one of these to produce excellent results.
There are two ways to add wood as inlay into your wooden project, the first is by mixing saw dust any kind with wood glue and filling the cracks this method works well when filling smaller holes, cracks, and voids. You can select a different color of wood to make it pop and use the same color to hide it. The second way we can use wood as inlay material on our projects is by cutting various shapes like butterflies. I like to think creative and so you don't always have to use traditional shapes to fill the gaps, cracks, and custom shapes.
- laminated wood
Using laminated wood strips as a decorative inlay can make your project look way more complicated then it is and this method will defiantly make the crowds go wow. I've use this method on a few projects and the strips come in different thicknesses and patterns. You simply cut the depth and witch of the band and add glue, then add your strip of band inlay into it and lightly sand the surface.
- Glow in the dark powders
Adding glow in the dark powder inlay isn't for every piece but looks great on the right project. All you have to do is mix the powder in well to you resin and fill the gaps! The sunlight charges the color and at night or in the dark it will glow!