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decorative inlay-along

Postby Mike Baker » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:46 pm

T.J. Deerslayer asked me to resubmit a inlay-along showing how I do the inlays on my bows so here it is. These add nothing but athstetics to a bow but there are not all that hard and make any bow stand out in a crowd. I think the perfect place for them is on the bottom of the belly side of the riser. I've learned not to make them so long that they get too close to the fades, because they can lift with the flexing of the fades.

I use lamination scraps to make my inlays. If you use thicker laminations, the wood chips less. Then you can sand them thinner before you attach them to your bow.
Draw your design and make sure it is not too wide to fit the place you intend to put it.
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I use tacky glue to attach the design to the wood. I prefer to cover the wood with masking tape. (don't know why I didn't in this picture) The tape allows you to draw on it and also keeps the wood from splintering.
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Then I cut the design out with my scroll saw. I use a real thin blade with teeth close together. Keep firm downward pressure on your stock while cutting. You might have to even things up carefully with a small file or sandpaper. When you are happy with your design, trace it on the piece of wood your are inlaying into. Make sure it is centered. I didn't center this piece because I had more plans for it later.
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Drill a small hole and insert your scroll saw blade. Carefully cut the design leaving the pencil mark.
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You'll probably find the inlay design does not fit just yet. Hold the design against the wood you've cut out up to light. You'll see where the wood needs to be filed or sanded. Be careful not to force the design into the cut out too hard or you might break it. After some tedious sanding and filing you should be able to get the design into the cut out. When you hold it up to light you will see that it probably does not fit perfect. Get it as close as you can with out leaving any big gaps.
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Next I make a paste using exterior wood glue and sanding dust from the darker of the two woods. Apply the paste to the edges of the design and glue it in place. Take the paste and force it all around the design with your fingers. Wax paper makes a good surface to work on.
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After the glue is dry, sand the paste off. Here is what it looks like.
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This is why I didn't worry about centering this design. I intended to inlay the design into another piece of wood. I cut the design out in an oval shape. Again, I had to make sure I was not too wide to fit the riser. This time I made sure it was centered.
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Again, leave the line when you cut the design. This is what it looks like all ready for a bow. I usually sand my inlays real thin with my drum sander in my drill press and a guide. I want to be able to flex the inlay so it goes along my fadeout without breaking.
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Here is a picture of the bow with the inlay on it. The 'flaming arrowhead' is bloodwood inlaid into curley maple inlaid into pink ivory. Then the inlay is on top of a bloodwood overlay that is on top of aan ebony overlay.
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Here are a few others I've done.
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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby tjdeerslayer37 » Tue Jan 13, 2009 9:56 pm

thank you very much mike! that explains it perfect. :D
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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby Gino Bruno » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:44 am

great thread mike!!!!
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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby Van Bateman » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:16 am

Outstanding!!!!!!!!
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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby Hornseeker » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:01 am

Cool... I like the bear paw... I inlaid some tourquoise stone in a riser for my dad in the shape of a bear paw... Riser blew up the first time I shot the bow! (dymondwood...grain going WRONG WAY)... I knew it was doomed... Inlays are cool though...

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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby TimZeigler » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:07 am

Thanks Mike, thats good stuff right there.

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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby Jumper » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:36 am

Great Mike, Thanks!
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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby shortbldtr » Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:58 pm

Thanks Mike. I've long admired your work and always wondered how you did your inlays.

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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby Nikodemus » Thu Jan 15, 2009 6:05 am

Thank You very much , for this pictures .............
Nice work !
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Re: decorative inlay-along

Postby tjdeerslayer37 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:06 pm

oh yeah and thats the same saw i just got from a friend too ;)
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